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The Japanese Tea Ceremony A good general source of information about tea ceremony.
Chado Encyclopedia An informative wiki (a site which can be edited or added to by its users). It’s geared toward experienced tea people, so beginners may want to start elsewhere and come back here to fill in the gaps.
Tea Club Written by a Japanese practitioner, this page is geared toward non-Japanese practitioners. Includes a helpful chart explaining the differences between the various tea schools.
World in a Bowl of Tea A site dedicated to a book of the same name which discusses kaiseki, the food served during a tea ceremony. Site includes recipes and seasonal information.
Chanoyu: An Anthrological Perspective An anthropologist takes a close look at tea.
Official Urasenke Website The official site of the Urasenke school in Kyoto, the school that our teachers and students belong to.
Urasenke Midorikai Alumni Association Group formed to help former students at Midorikai -- Urasenke's foreign-student school in Kyoto -- keep in touch with each other.
Official Omoteseke Website Omotesenke is Urasenke’s sister school, and there are many Omotesenke teachers and students here in the United States. Their home site has extensive information in English.
Enshu Sado An alternative to the better-known "Sen" schools, this school traces its lineage back to Kobori Enshu, one of Sen no Rikyu’s disciples.
Note: U.S. locations are listed alphabetically. There are many more tea groups that don’t have sites that we know of, so if you don’t see your area here, try a web search or contact the nearest Japanese cultural association. You can also find the official list of Urasenke-affiliated branches and associations, including groups that don't have websites, here.
Urasenke Europe A portal site for chado groups in Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, hosted by Urasenke London.
BOSTON: Urasenke Boston An Urasenke-affiliated school in Boston.
CHICAGO: Japanese Culture Center The center offers courses in chado; please contact them for details.
CENTRAL FLORIDA: Omotesenke of Florida The Omotesenke tea school's Florida branch. Includes a lot of good information about tea in general and the Omotesenke style specifically.
LOS ANGELES: Chado Urasenke Tankokai Los Angeles Urasenke-affiliated tea association in Los Angeles.
NEW MEXICO: Chado New Mexico An Urasenke-affiliated tea group based in Taos that offers lessons, demonstrations, and more.
NEW YORK: Urasenke New York The New York branch of the Urasenke tea school.
OTTAWA, CANADA: Camellia Teas of Ottawa Omoteseke-affiliated tea school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Specializes in public demonstrations.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA: Arizona Association of Chado Urasenke-affiliated tea group that operates throughout the state of Arizona.
PORTLAND, OREGON: Issoan Urasenke-affiliated tea school in Portland, Oregon.
PORTLAND, OREGON: Wakai Tea Association Urasenke-affiliated group that offers lessons, demonstrations, and more.
SAN FRANCISCO: Urasenke Foundation San Francisco The offical Urasenke branch in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO: Chanoyu.com A site sponsored by teachers Kimika Soko Takechi and Larry Sokyo Tiscornia in San Francisco.
SANTA BARBARA: Chanoyu of Santa Barbara Urasenke-affiliated tea group in Santa Barbara, CA.
SEATTLE: Urasenke Seattle The Seattle branch of the Urasenke tea school.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Urasenke D.C. The Washington D.C. branch of the Urasenke tea school offers lessons, demonstrations, and more.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Chado Urasenke Takokai DC A membership association for Urasenke practitioners in the Washington, D.C. area.
E-Yakimono A site dedicated to Japanese pottery of all types, including many kilns and objects used in chado. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject.
Pine Creek Pottery Willi Singleton is a local potter who spent many years as an apprentice in Japan. He makes all types of high-fired stoneware, including tea utensils.
Making Tea Whisks A site dedicated to some traditional arts of Japan. It includes a description of the process of making a chasen (tea whisk), with pictures.
The New Way of Tea This exhibition in New York explored some experimental new tea spaces and utensils as well as featuring some exquisite antiques. This site preserves many photos from the exhibition.
Urasenke Warsaw The English-language blog of a tea ceremony group in Warsaw, Poland.
The Japanese Tea Ceremony Blog Blog in English by student of tea ceremony in Japan.
Wakeiseijaku An e-mail discussion group for people who practice, or have an interest in, tea ceremony.