2013 / Huntington Library to present first anniversary events of opening teahouse, June 9, 13


Huntington Library's teahouse "Seifu-an" image
Inside of the teahouse “Seifu-an” at Huntington Library

The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens is having an ‘open house’ on Sunday, June 9, and a lecture by Prof. Soryu Machita of the Urasenke Kyoto on Thursday, June 13, as part of the first anniversary of the opening of the “Seifu-an” teahouse.


Introduction to the Japanese Tea Ceremony

June 9 (Sunday) , 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In celebration of the first anniversary of the opening of the “Seifu-an” Tea House and Tea Garden at the Huntington Library, members of the Urasenke Tankokai Los Angeles Association will present an outdoor tea ceremony and tea experience on Sunday, June 9.

The one-hour “Introduction to the Japanese Tea Ceremony” which will take place every half hour from 11:00 am will include a tour of the newly-completed ‘roji’ tea garden and a look inside the “Seifu-an”  teahouse.   

Originally constructed in 1963 at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple by the Kyoto firm of Nakamura Sotoji Komuten, well-known craftsmen specializing in sukiya-style architecture, the teahouse was relocated to the Huntington Garden’s as part of the Japanese Garden’s centennial celebration in 2012.

$10*.  Tickets:  800-838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377609

(*Separate from the Huntington admission.)


Huntington's Tea Lecture Image“The Role of Flowers in the Way of Tea”

Lecture by Prof. Soryu Machita, Senior Instructor of the Urasenke School of Tea, Kyoto

June 13 (Thursday), 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public / No reservations required

Ahmanson Classroom, Botanical Center, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

This is the first anniversary commemorative lecture of “Seifu-an” – the Arbor of Pure Breeze – Japanese Teahouse.

Prof. Soryu Machita will discuss how flowers are incorporated into the tea ceremony as seasonal markers and as ways of communicating the spirit of hospitality. 

The slide-illustrated lecture will focus on chabana, the simple but elegant style of flower arranging derived from the more formal ikebana.



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