SOLD OUT Chado: Japanese Tea Ceremony - March Demonstration

Event Date:
March 1st , 2020 (Sunday)
Event Time:
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
Seating is LIMITED.
Attendees receive 15% off in-store purchases on the day of the event.


Tickets should be purchased at least 24 hours in advance; any less may not be guaranteed a seat. Admittance will not be permitted once the demonstration has begun, so please arrive early to check in.

Have you ever wanted to learn about Chado - the Japanese tea ceremony? Join Margie Yap, founder of the Issoan Tea School, for a live demonstration of this elegant and meditative tea practice. Attendees will be able to watch a tea ceremony in-person and have their questions answered about this very special tradition.


Chanoyu is usually translated “tea ceremony.” It literally means “hot water for tea,” but centuries of Japanese history, literature and culture come together in the study and discipline of making and serving tea. Chanoyu incorporates many of the arts and crafts of Japan with the focus of preparing and serving a bowl of tea with a pure heart.

Tea is more than the collection of objects, or the knowledge of how to make and serve a beverage. There is also a philosophy to tea, which comes partly from centuries of tea masters, and partly from the interactions of the tea ceremony with Zen Buddhism. The heart of the tea ceremony is not found in the tea, but in the four principles of wa-kei-sei-jaku, or harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. The tranquility comes from learning how to be in harmony with others, respect for others and oneself, and purity in thought and action. These principals act as the foundation of the study of the tea ceremony.

As in most of Japanese culture, the tea ceremony is a discipline that takes a lifetime to master. What is learned in chanoyu leads a person to the things in life that matter beyond the material things–and that is something that is enough for any lifetime."

— From the Issoan Tea School


MARJORIE YAP  has more than 35 years experience with chado, the Way of Japanese Tea Ceremony. She studied in Kyoto, Japan at the Urasenke headquarters and received her teaching credentials and tea artistic name, Soya, from the 16th generation Urasenke Grand Tea Master. She has studied with Minako Frady Sensei in Portland, Torigai Sensei in Japan and Bonnie Mitchell Sensei at the Seattle Chanoyu East West Center. She has performed Tea Ceremony at the Portland Japanese Garden and numerous public and private events both in the U.S. and in Japan. She has assisted teaching the Chado and Japanese Aesthetics course at the University of Washington, and was guest lecturer at Portland Community College in Tea Ceramics and Tea Ceremony and Theater at Sarah Lawrence College. Visit for more information about the Issoan Tea School.