SaBi Tea Arts presents two days of public Kōdō (Japanese incense ceremony) gatherings to
celebrate spring and Asian Heritage Month. Guests will sample several kinds of aromatic
woods then try to distinguish among them in a traditional Kumikō exercise.
Sessions are hosted by a certified instructor of the Senzan Goryū School of Kōdō (Kyoto)
and are limited to 8 participants per session.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
11:00 am, 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm
maximum of 8 guests per session
Kick off the sakura cherry blossom season with a special guided tea ceremony at the Ichiboan tea house in UBC's Nitobe Memorial Garden. The Someiyoshino cherry at the center of the garden should be in bloom at this time, so be sure to take a stroll around the garden and enjoy the blossoms while you are there!
Guests will first be invited to sit in the "waiting arbour" (soto-koshikake), where their guide will greet them and lead them through the multiple stages of the roji path that offers a gradual approach to the tea space. Once inside, the host will explain various aspects of tea house architecture by way of introduction before guests enter the outer tea room, where they will participate in an usucha tea ceremony with hand-made traditional sweet.
Ticket price includes a hanami (cherry blossom viewing)-themed gift bag.
**Ticket price does not include admission (by cash donation) to Nitobe Garden.**
Theme: Tea Culture in the Edo Period
with special demonstration by the Hosokawa Sansai School.
Register by December 31 for Early Bird pricing -
General admission $60, Students $20
Click on the image below to download the registration form.
Experience KODO Incense Ceremony
Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18
We are very pleased that Matsuo Yōkō Sensei of the Senzan Goryū school (link: Japanese only) of kōdō will be returning to Vancouver to offer additional sessions of traditional Japanese incense ceremony this spring.
This year's sessions will be held at the Ichibōan Tea House at the Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC.
Multiple sessions will be held at 10:30 am, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, and 4:30pm on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. Maximum of 8 guests per session. No experience necessary. English interpretation will be provided.
Matcha tea and sweet will be served following each session.
Session fee: $36 + GST (garden entry NOT included, but available for additional purchase at group rate)
To purchase tickets, go to: https://squareup.com/store/sabiteaarts
For more info, contact us at: info[at]sabiteaarts.com
Friday, March 29, 7–9 pm
Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos will give a solo presentation of classical Zen meditation music for shakuhachi flute (honkyoku) and relate it with the concept of Mono no Aware 物の哀れ, the Pathos of Things. Please come and enjoy bamboo, breath, and spirit merged.
Space is limited. Purchase tickets online here: TICKETS or contact us to reserve a space.
SaBi Tea Arts is managed by Maiko Behr, a translator specializing in Japanese arts and certified instructor of Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) in the Omotesenke tradition.