Lecture series at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden – monk and artist Hirokazu Kosaka to speak about the space between man and nature, May 22

Santa Barbara Tea House

Tea Tsukubai

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden presents three Japanese-tea-themed lectures in April and May.

History, Production & Benefits of Green Tea

by Mr. Fumihiro Sugita

Saturday, April 10, 2:30PM to 4:00PM

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Blaksley Bliss Library

Mr. Fumihiro Sugita, General Manager of Aiya America, Inc., will speak on the Matcha boom. Japan’s highest premium green tea is rapidly becoming the next “must have” ingredient in North America. Mr. Sugita will discuss the history, production, and health benefits of Macha, powdered green tea. Click this link to register http://bit.ly/4WcLL4

Philosophy, History, Function of Japanese Tea Houses

by Dr. Glenn Kangan Webb

Saturday, May 1, 2:30PM to 4:00PM

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Blaksley Bliss Library

Dr. Glenn Kangan Webb is Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at the International Studies and Languages Division of Pepperdine University, and is a long-time Zen Buddhist teacher, as well as a student of the Japanese Way of Tea. Dr. Webb will share the origin of Japanese teahouses, compare them to other religious institutions and provide suggestions for proper uses of teahouses outside Japan by those of us who are not ethnically Japanese. Click this link to register http://bit.ly/ac7KSr

Tea Teahouse

In the Veranda: Approaches and Observations

by Mr. Hirokazu Kosaka

Saturday, May 22, 2:30PM to 4:00 PM

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Blaksley Bliss Library

Mr. Hirokazu Kosaka is an ordained Koyasan Shingon Buddhist priest, a master of the art of Japanese archery, a Calligrapher, and Artistic Director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Mr. Kosaka will explain the Japanese Garden as a cultural means to understand the space between man and nature. Click this link to register http://bit.ly/d0Twak

Santa Barbara Toba Sister City Committee sponsors this lecture series.

For more information or to participate with the teahouse, visit www.sbteahouse.org