Otsukimi (お月見), “moon-viewing”, also known as Jugoya (十五夜), are Japanese Mid Autumn festivals honoring the autumn moon. Otsukimi 2020 hosted by Shofuso will be an online Zoom event featuring a video presentation of an Otsukimi Tea ceremony, a live tea lesson workshop (matcha kit is available at Shofuso), and virtual music concert featuring Fumiyo Batta.
Background on Urasenke Philadelphia:
Urasenke Philadelphia is part of the Urasenke school of chado (Japanese tea ceremony), which has its headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1987 by Brother Joseph Keenan of La Salle University, the association was granted kyokai status, becoming part of Urasenke’s international nonprofit network of teachers and students, in 2012. Since our founding, we have dedicated ourselves to spreading tea ceremony culture through demonstrations, lectures, lessons, and other events throughout the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area and beyond.
Bio for Morgan Beard:
Morgan Beard has been practicing tea ceremony for more than 25 years and has been teaching for 12 years, having been licensed by the Urasenke school of tea ceremony at the jun-kyoju (the educational equivalent of associate professor) level. She also acts has the Chief of Administration for Urasenke Philadelphia, managing the business affairs of the local tea ceremony association.
Sachiko was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and currently lives in Lancaster, PA. Her mother practiced and eventually taught Tea. Sachiko started to practice tea in her 20s for years in Japan and resumed her practice again once moving to PA. She practices chanoyu out of love for the serenity that Tea can give, and also enjoys making Japanese sweets!
Terry Yoshida Sherwin:
Terry, a former art teacher, has practiced chado in the Urasenke tradition of Tea for more than twenty years. She is a long time member and volunteer at Shofuso, and has taken part in the monthly public tea demonstrations and served as a guide at the house.
She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Japanese culture through various demonstrations and activities at Shofuso.
Bio for Fumiyo Batta:
Japanese lyric soprano Fumiyo Kobayashi Batta first received media attention at the age of 16 when she sang the title role of Hansel and Gretel in Japan in a live broadcast by Kansai Television, and she has performed widely in the United States and Japan, winning numerous awards. Her U.S. appearances have included The Forum Opera Company’s Paggliaci (as Nedda), the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s La Boheme (Mimi) for the summer concert, and New York City Opera’s La Boheme for the special performance in Washington DC.