PHOTO ESSAY: Members of the Urasenke Tankokai Hilo Association perform traditional Tea Ceremony at UH Hilo

The Tea Ceremony or Chado was hosted by a class studying East Asian history, culture, and civilization including East Asian Zen Buddhism and the development of tea culture and tea ceremony.

Photos by Raiatea Arcuri.

Woman in blue kimono performing tea ceremony.
Student Misaki Sato performs tea ceremony as Otemae (tea server) for demonstration at UH Hilo March 8. Photos by Raiatea Arcuri/UH Hilo Stories, click to enlarge.

Members of Shoro-an, the Hilo Tea House at Lili‘uokalani Gardens, performed a traditional Tea Ceremony or Chado at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on March 8.

The ceremony was hosted by an introductory class to Japanese and Chinese studies (LANG 200). Yoshiko Fukushima, professor of performance studies and languages, is the instructor of the course. The class is studying East Asian history, culture, and civilization including East Asian Zen Buddhism and the development of tea culture and tea ceremony.

The name of the group that performed the ceremony is the Urasenke Tankokai Hilo Association. Six members attended:

  • Machiko Kuki, Association Chair, acting as guest for demonstration
  • Clara Koga, Sensei, acting as guest for demonstration
  • Philippe Nault, Vice Association Chair, speaker for demonstration
  • Amy Nishiura, Student and Association Treasurer, acting as assistant for demonstration
  • Misaki Sato, Student, Otemae (tea server) for demonstration
  • Tomoko Skinner, Student, acting as assistant for demonstration

The Urasenke Tankokai Hilo Association was organized in 1971 in Hilo. Teachings and practices are done at the Tea Ceremony House named “Shoro-an” (Pine Ocean House), which is located on Banyan Drive, on the grounds of the Lili‘uokalani Gardens at Hilo Bay.

According to a Hilo Tea House pamphlet, Chado is the Japanese “Way of Tea.” It is a “ritual that features preparing a bowl of tea and serving it to a guest. Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude, a bowl of tea satisfies both physical and spiritual thirst.”

Photos by Raiatea Arcuri, click to enlarge:

Class seated, ready for tea ceremony to begin.

Woman drinks from ceremonial tea cup.

 

About the photographer: Raiatea Arcuri is a professional photographer majoring in business at UH Hilo. He was awarded USA Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 (read his blog post about the winning photograph).