Ōguro: Black Raku Ware and the Tea Aesthetics of Sen no Rikyū
live via Zoom on
Thursday, October 8, 7 pm
OR access recordings through a weblink afterward
single session $10 / six-session series $55 (CAD)
In this third lecture of our series, we will look at the black Raku ware tea bowls preferred by the 16th-century tea master Sen no Rikyū and how they came to be seen as embodying the essence of Japanese "tea taste" ever since.
The series "Masterworks of Japanese Tea Tradition" is presented in conjunction with the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. All lectures are presented by Maiko Behr of SaBi Tea Arts.
The Beauty of Age: Treasured Iron Kettles
Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:00-8:30 pm
Ceramic tea caddy known as "Tsukumo nasu"
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:00-2:30 pm
Iron kettle of the Shinnari type with hailstone pattern used by Sen no Rikyū
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:00-8:30 pm
Raku ware tea bowl by Chōjirō
known as "Ōguro"
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1:00-2:30 pm
Bamboo flower vase by Sen no Rikyū
known as "Onjōji"
Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:00-8:30 pm
Bamboo tea scoop by Sen no Rikyū
known as "Namida"
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:00-2:30 pm
Iga ware water jar preferred by Furuta Oribe
known as "Yaburebukuro"
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.
11:00 am, 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm
maximum of 8 guests per session
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.**
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
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 and Kōdō (Japanese incense ceremony) in the Senzan Goryū tradition.