On Saturday, May 13, we had a lovely time sharing tea at two sold-out sessions of visitors at Roedde House Museum, serving tea table-style and stepping back in time to the vibrant period of cultural awakening between East and West around the turn of the 20th century.
Roedde House was built in 1893, at the same time that Ernest Fenollosa and later Okakura Kakuzo were introducing Japanese arts and philosophy to the West. Okakura's seminal Book of Tea (pub. 1906) and its reception attest to the deep interest in Japan and Japanese culture in the West at this interesting historical moment. Thanks to Roedde House for the opportunity to share tea in this historic space!
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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.