Tatezomeshiki (New Year’s Tea), January 2023

Chado Urasenke Tankokai SF Association Tatezomeshiki Tea Ceremony
The Chado Urasenke Tankokai San Francisco Association held its annual Tatezomeshiki New Year’s Tea Ceremony on January 22, 2023, at Kanso-san Tea Room of the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai (Japanese American Association of Northern California) located in San Francisco’s Japan Town. This tea ceremony gathering was to celebrate the New Year and was the first one of the sort to be held by this Association after the Covid 19 pandemic hit the world.

The tea ceremony was hosted by Sojin Hagiwara and her students. They offered three thick tea seatings on the 3rd floor in the tea room with tatami mats. Each guest was served koicha in an individual bowl (kakufuku).
Soboku Matsuda served as the teishu (host), Sojin Hagiwara as the hanto (assistant), and Sochi Flynn was the first guest during the first seating of thick tea which began at 10:00 am.
Somi Iwao served as the host, Sojin Hagiwara as the assistant, and Sokyo Tiscornia was the first guest during the second seating.
Sojin Hagiwara served as the host, Somi Iwao as the assistant, and Soei Bartlett was the first guest of the third seating. Mr. Yasushi Noguchi, the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, and his wife attended this seating as Special Guests of Honor.

Sojin Hagiwara also offered four thin tea seatings on the first floor using Misonodana, a table and chair style which was invented by Tantansai, the 14th generation Grandmaster of Urasenke School of Tea.
Kae Gutierrez served as the host and Nobuo Iwanaga as the assistant of the first seating. Sokei Wooster served as the host and Kazu Takesaka as the assistant of the second seating. Kazu Takesaka served as the host and Keiko Sekimoto as the assistant of the third seating. Keiko Sekimoto served as the host and Nobuo Iwanaga as the assistant of the fourth seating.

After the tea was served, all guests, tea teachers and students had a luncheon in Kabuki Hotel also located in SF Japan Town. Mr. Yasushi Noguchi and other guests of honor gave speeches as well as Sojin Hagiwara, Chief of Administration of Chado Urasenke Tankokai SF Association. Its vice president, Mr. Allen Okamoto, gave a cheerful toast for the happy occasion.