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Tea Ceremony Demonstration – Edo-senke

October 7, 2023 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Yuri and Asuka Iijima

A few members of the audience will be invited to join Yuri and Asuka on stage to experience and learn first-hand the elements and steps of the Japanese tea ceremony. All attendees will gain interesting insights that will help to de-mystify this cultural practice. Tea gatherings are simply honored moments to spend with friends, to pause, and be mindful of how we experience our space through our senses.

Mrs. Yuri and Ms. Asuka Iijima are Tea masters from Maebashi, Japan, who are trained in the Edo-senke school of Tea Ceremony. Yuri has studied tea ceremony for 40 years and is a licensed tea master holding a Shinnodaisu certification.  In addition to her tea training, Yuri holds licenses for Ikebana (flower arranging) in the Sougetsu school and is also a Kimono specialist. She is a retired Junior High art teacher and a few years ago, opened a school for Japanese cultural arts called Nagomi-ryu Bunkadou, located in Isesaki, Japan (Springfield, Missouri’s sister city). She provides instruction in Tea, Flower arranging, wearing Kimono, watercolor, and other arts.

Asuka has studied tea ceremony for 25 years and has a master certification. She will be assisting Yuri during the tea ceremony.  Dianne Daugherty, JCCC Adjunct Professor of Japanese will assist in providing explanations in English.


October 7, 2023
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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