Sotanki, December 2022

Chado Urasenke Tankokai SF Association Sotanki Tea Ceremony

The Chado Urasenke Tankokai San Francisco Association held its annual Sotanki Memorial Tea Ceremony on December 4th, 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 third generation Grand Master of Urasenke School of Tea, Sen Sotan (1578-1658). In the generation of his children, the three lines of the family, Omotesenke, Urasenke, and Mushanokojisenke, were established.

The tea ceremony was hosted by Soyo Pusic and her students. She introduced the hosts, and Vice President Allen Okamoto welcomed all to the event. The day began with flower offerings in the memory of Sotan. Three seatings of tea ceremony followed.

Sosei Sakaue served as the teishu (host), Soyo Pusic as the hanto (assistant), and Soko Takechi was the first guest during the first seating which began at 10:30 am.
Soko Liu Hase served as the host, Soyo Pusic as the assistant, and the Chief of Administration of the Association, Sojin Hagiwara, was the first guest during the second seating. Mr. Yasushi Noguchi, the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, and his wife attended this searing as Special Guests of Honor.
Soko Liu Hase served as the host, Sosei Sakaue as the assistant, and Soryo Rueth Inaba was the first guest of the third seating.

The tea ceremony was held on a sunny Sunday which helped the guests enjoy the wonderful day in memories of Sotan and his many contributions to Urasenke School of Tea.