About Chadō Urasenke Tankōkai Romania

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Chadō is the study of the Japanese ceremony developed around serving the green tea called matcha. Brought from China, first by the monks who introduced Zen Buddhism in Japan, at first the green tea has been considered medicine. Later on, in the XIII century, the tea ceremony began to be practiced by the ruling class of the samurai and has become an opportunity for social events and also a mean to make a display of their wealth.

Three centuries later, Sen no Rikyu, the tea master of daimyo Oda Nobunanga, and later on the tea master of daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi, opposed to the opulence displayed in the tea gatherings of the samurai class. According to Rikyu, the essential aspect of the tea ceremony was to establish a relationship of closeness between the host who prepares the tea and its guests. Sen no Rikyu was the one who transformed Chanoyu into an art form which develops a sense of simplicity and of naturalness.

The descendants of Sen no Rikyu adopted a new concept, called Wabi Sabi, which means beauty though simplicity, and they formed the three main schools where the Japanese Tea Ceremony has become the Way of Tea: Urasenke, Omotesenke and Mushakōjisenke.

 

 

 

The enthusiasm for the traditional Nippon arts, a result of the long history of cultural and diplomatic relationship between Romania and Japan, made Urasenke School to start a new chapter, first in Bucharest, then in Iasi. So in 2009, a teacher passionate about Japanese culture, Florea Sensei, started to teach his students from the Japanese section of Bucharest University, the first notions about an old Japanese art: Chadō or the Way of Tea. Soon, the Chanoyu lessons drew not only the university’s students, but also people who regardless of their age, are attracted by the Japanese universe. The tea ceremony group grew, and in January 2012 has been recognized by Urasenke School.

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The practitioners of Tea Ceremony learn “temae”- procedures on how to serve the powder green tea, matcha, as well the etiquette rules needed to be able to appreciate a tea gathering where the participants enjoy an atmosphere of warmth and mutual respect.

Although in essence, the most important aspect of the Tea Ceremony is the act of preparing and enjoying a bowl of tea, the study includes notions of Japanese art, architecture of the Japanese house and garden, history, Zen philosophy, and crafts in ceramics, iron and bamboo.

Several times per year, the practitioners of Chadō from all over Europe, meet to study together at various seminaries, so the tradition of Chanoyu is kept the same all over the world.

 

 

 

 

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Today, Chadō Urasenke Tankōkai Romania is active in Bucharest and in Iasi and it offers lessons and demonstrations under the patronage of Mrs. Nojiri Sōmei Michiko, the teacher who, in the last 50 years has been the connection in Europe between the groups that study the Japanese Tea Ceremony following Urasenke School tradition.

Nojiri Sensei’s style of teaching gives particular attention to certain aspects: correct breathing techniques, body posture and the coordination of the basic movements with the breathing.

The group coordination, Adina Codreanu, follows Chadō since 1998, and studies directly under Nojiri Sensei’s supervision.