Chado Urasenke Tankokai SF Association Mugenki Tea Ceremony
The Chado Urasenke Tankokai San Francisco Association held its annual Mugenki Memorial Tea Ceremony on August 14th, 2022 at Kanso-san Tea Room of the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai (Japanese American Association of Northern California) located in San Francisco’s Japantown. This tea ceremony gathering honored the fourteenth generation Grand Master of Urasenke School of Tea, Sen Tantansai (Mugensai) (1893-1964).
The Sokyo Tiscornia and Soko Takechi Shachu hosted the tea, the first Chado Urasenke Tankokai San Francisco Association gathering since the COVID pandemic began. Forty-seven members and guests attended to celebrate the memory of Tantansai (Mugensai), share a bowl of tea, and enjoy being together again.
Sokyo Tiscornia introduced the hosts and Vice President Allen Okamoto welcomed all to the event. Soei Bartlett, Urasenke Foundation SF Director, Sosei Sakaue, and Sobin Ueda offered flowers.
Sofu Pantsios served as the teishu (host), Sokyo Tiscornia as the hanto (assistant), and Soei Bartlett was the first guest during the first seating which began at 10:30 am. Hazuki Murakami served as the host, Sokyo Tiscornia as the assistant, and Mr. Yuki Arimura, the Consul of Japan in San Francisco was the first guest during the second seating. Yoshikazu Hoshino served as the host, Soko Takechi as the assistant, and Sochi Takahara was the first guest of the third seating. The guests enjoyed the wonderful day in memories of Tantansai and his many contributions to Urasenke School of Tea.