Tea Ceremony Activities

Join practitioners from Urasenke Philadelphia during Sakura Weekend at the 2024 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival for a unique Japanese matcha tea experience.

Unlike the traditional, hour-long tea ceremony demonstrations held at various times of the year at the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, this special “Matcha in the Greenhouse” Sakura Weekend event will focus on smaller, intimate gatherings for groups of up to 3 to 4 people in a private tatami mat setting. Couples and single guests are also welcome.

These shorter tea ceremony experiences are tailored to approximately 15-minute sittings and will allow guests more time to enjoy more of the many weekend festival programs during their visit. Each guest will receive a tea and sweet while experiencing the informal tea ceremony.

“Matcha in the Greenhouse”
Saturday and Sunday, April 13–14, 2024
Horticulture Center Greenhouse
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia / Google Maps >>

Registration is $5 per person and is required to reserve a tea ceremony time slot. Register to Attend >>

NOTE— This event will be held in the Horticulture Center greenhouse space at Fairmount Park, not the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center. Please be sure to arrive early to accommodate any unanticipated delays with traffic, parking, or simply making your way through the festival. During Sakura Weekend, parking is available nearby for $10 per vehicle at The Mann Center. For more information, please refer to the Festival FAQ >>

About Urasenke Philadelphia

Urasenke Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to supporting and promoting awareness of Japanese tea ceremony (chado, or chanoyu in Japanese) in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. If you are interested in exploring the world of chanoyu more deeply, Urasenke offers lessons at a variety of locations, both public and private. All teachers are licensed by the Urasenke school of tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.

To learn more about Urasenke Philadelphia, please visit their website.

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