Donated by the 15th generation grand tea master, Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the Jakuan Tea House has held countless tea demonstrations, classes, and events that allow people of many cultures to study the way of tea. In the 1970s, the Jakuan Tea House was built in Japan, disassembled, and shipped to Hawai'i where it was reassembled in the East-West garden by Japanese craftsmen. Since then, the tea house has been a place of education where students have been able to study tea ceremony in-depth in an authentic environment.
The members of the U.H. Tea Club learn to perform the Urasenke-style of tea ceremonies appropriate for use in the tea house. We occasionally perform demonstrations on request for community groups in addition to the public ceremonies that are part of our club year. Besides learning the various styles of tea ceremony we also learn about the myriad and multi-faceted aspects of Japanese art and culture that pertain to Chado. We request a membership fee of $20 per semester to fund club activities
People from Japan come to Hawaii to experience the Way of Tea in Hawaii during the annual Summer Seminar Event.
UH Tea Club students serving guests from Japan.
Guests of a tea ceremony are served Okashi (Sweets), before they drink tea. This particular sweets is handmade by UH Students and was given the name Shi-un "Purple Clouds" by the late wife of Dr. Genshitsu Sen
Tea Club members hard at work removing the paper from the Jakuan Tea House shoji doors so that new paper can be glued on.
Robiraki takes places in the beginning of November. It means opening of the winter hearth called "Ro" for the first time since last April. It is considered to be a "new year" for the tea practitioners as we open the new pot of green tea made from leaves freshly picked that summer and celebrate by having "zenzai", the sweet red beans with grilled mochi.
For very special formal events, UH Tea Club students are decked out in Kimonos. This was a special event, hosted by the former First Lady of Hawaii Mrs. Jean Ariyoshi, which she asked for our assistance.Check it out!
A demonstration at Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. UH Tea club students appreciated this unique opportunity to serve before the Hawaiian legislative reps and Consul General Itoh himself.
Annual Hatsudate event hosted by UH Manoa tea club. This year is celebrating year of the rat!Check it out!
Learning tea ceremoney is not the only benefit of joining Chado Club, but also being able to make long lasting memories with other club members outside of Jakuan Tea House.Check it out!
In 2020, Doshisha University Chado Club sent 20 students in a student exchange. The UH Manoa Chado Club was able to interact and spend time with all of them in multiple events, where we were able to learn more about their culture and make friends.Check it out!
ASAN 323: The Way of Tea in Japanese History and Culture is a lecture class where you can
learn more about the history and culture behind tea ceremony.
ASAN 324: Interested in the club, but not ready to commit? Take the Chado-Way of Tea Practicum! Learn the basics of tea ceremony, by actually practicing.
Check out the Center of Japanese Studies website HERE as well!
Before coming to tea club please bring the following items:
For more information contact Akiko Ono Sensei by filling out the form below: