The Japanese Culture Center in Chicago is very excited to offer Chanoyu with Omar Francis Sensei. The class focuses on the basics of making and receiving a bowl of usucha, thin tea. The foundation temae of Ryaku bon will be used. This temae uses a tray to hold all of the utensils for tea and a simple tea kettle for the hot water. The class can be repeated 2-3 times.
The students will be shown:
- How to bow while sitting.
- How to properly drink from a tea bowl
- How to properly take tea sweets
- A few phrases in Japanese
- How to make a bowl of usucha
The course will be lead by Omar Francis Sensei (instructor in the Urasenke Tradition of Chanoyu and Vice President of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Chicago Association). Francis Sensei has hosted and helped with dozens of tea demonstrations and events including: Japan House (U of I), Japanese Information Center, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Mid America Japanese Club, Anaba Tearoom (Milwaukee), Osaka Garden, Loyola University, and Norte Dame University.