Chado Urasenke Tankokai SF Association Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) Tea Ceremony Demonstration
The Chado Urasenke Tankokai San Francisco Association held a tea ceremony demonstration at the San Francisco Sakura Matsuri or Cherry Blossom Festival 2023. The demonstration was hosted by Sona Tsuji and her students at Nihonmachi Little Friends in SF Japantown on April 8, 2023.
Tianxin Wang served as the teishu (host), and Heraldo Botelho was the first guest during the first seating which began at 1:00 pm. Heraldo Botelho served as the host and Saki Kohama was the first guest during the second seating. Saki Kohama served as the host and Tianxin Wang was the first guest of the third seating. Ryosuke Ueda served as the host and Heraldo Botelho was the first guest of the last seating which began at 4:00 pm.
Sono Kimori served as the hanto (assistant to the host) throughout all four seatings.
Ryosuke Ueda and Soryo Rueth served as the MC for the first three seatings and the last seating, respectively.
Between 50 and 100 people visited the venue at each hour and enjoyed the demonstration. Some people asked questions regarding tea utensils, kanji characters, tatami mats, or certain movements they had noticed during the demonstration which showed the depth of their keen interest in the Japanese culture.