Raised from the Ashes: The Tsukumo nasu Tea Caddy
Thursday, September 10, 7 pm
online via Zoom (with recordings available for limited time following live sessions)
The first session of our series will trace the miraculous stories of the survival and transmission of a small palm-sized ceramic jar made in China that would become one of the most famed and coveted objects owned by generations of Japan's most powerful feudal lords. The evolution of this piece and those like it and how they were used as tea containers will serve as the introduction to our exploration of wabi as one of the defining aesthetics of Japanese tea culture and even of Japanese artistic taste as a whole.
Historically classified as an "Ōmeibutsu" (Great Famous Object), the tea caddy known as "Tsukumo nasu" dates to 13th-14th century Southern Song or Yuan-dynasty China. It is currently in the collection of the Seikado Bunko Art Museum in Tokyo.
Hosted by the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
September 10 & 20, October 8 & 18, November 12 & 22
CAD$10 / session (+GST & fees)
This virtual lecture series will explore the aesthetic of wabi, one of the defining characteristics of the major streams of Japanese tea tradition, from the vantage point of the material culture of tea in Japan. Each of the six 75-minute talks will focus on one famous tea object and the stories surrounding it as an entry point for thinking about the broader development of wabicha -- the humble style that is associated with the most common forms of tea practice in Japan today. Presented online via Zoom, these lectures will include slides and photographs providing context for the topic of the day and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
This series is intended for anyone interested in traditional Japanese arts, aesthetics, ceramics, history, visual culture, and more. All sessions are held in English only. No prior knowledge of tea ceremony is necessary.
Participation in the live session requires use of Zoom. Don't have Zoom? Can't attend live? Registrants will also receive access to recordings of the sessions viewable on a web browser.
For more information, please feel free to contact us through our contact page at the link below.
Due to the current public health advisory, all scheduled classes, programs, and events are postponed until further notice. Please follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sabiteaarts/ or join our mailing list to be notified when activities resume.
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.
October calligraphy schedule
Please join us for a meditative break from the everyday hustle and bustle with these contemplative sessions with brush and ink. For details, see: Calligraphy Classes meet on occasional Mondays, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. New students are welcome.
Upcoming session dates:
October 15 (calligraphy and tea), October 29 (calligraphy only)
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.