Shizu-Kokoro Urasenke Chado (The Way of Tea) School

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Shizu-Kokoro Urasenke Chado (The Way of Tea) School

Shizu-Kokoro Urasenke Chado (The Way of Tea) School
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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1. CHADO (TEA CEREMONY) WORKSHOP 3,800 yen/person (4,100 yen incld. tax) Experiencing the tea ceremony. A 90 min. Chado workshop in English that anyone can enjoy. Participants will experience a meditative and peaceful time in the authentic tea room. In the hands-on experience, not only do participants learn how to prepare a bowl of matcha tea. It includes a cup of Sakura Cha (cherry blossom tea), two kinds of matcha tea (Koicha and Usucha) and three kinds of Japanese confections. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 AM to 6 PM. 2. Matcha Experience Class A 20 min. class. 1080yen/person (incld.tax) . Learn how to make a bowl of matcha tea. 3. Brush Art (Calligraphy) Workshop A 40 min. class. 3000yen/person (incld.tax). Participants will learn how to use a brush and receive a hands-on lesson to make own brush art work. Every Tuesdays.
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Neighborhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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ecoJulie
Golden, CO25 contributions
Friends
I had only a couple days in the Asakusa region of Tokyo, and I wanted to learn more about the tea ceremony. This workshop exceeded every expectation. I had no idea that Chado (the way of tea) is a mindfulness exercise.

Not only was it terrific to learn about the ceremony, but the opportunity to practice as both hostess and recipient is just a small intro into how difficult this really is, although Mika makes it look easy.

One of the things that makes this special is that Mika runs a Chado school, and she has just recently opened up her business to help educate visitors. This translated to not having a 'touristy' experience, which I really appreciate.

I'm so glad we found Shizu-Kokoro, and I hope that others get the chance to visit, as well. Miko's English is excellent - she used to live in the USA. So, pick up the phone and make a reservation for a workshop. It is worth every yen.
Written September 13, 2017
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JapanSocietyTraveler
Los Angeles, CA15 contributions
Family
I had a few days in Tokyo on my recent family trip. While my wife was away on shopping, I took my teenage daughter here for a 90-minute lesson (chado-workshop) to experience little more culture (she was fed up with all the temples). What a positive surprise for both of us. Now we are able to hold the teacup the correct ways that most modern Japanese do not know about.

My instructor, Mika, spoke fluent English and explained details of the tea ceremony and process, and we felt like we went back in time. And what a great contrast to the fast speed of Tokyo life. My teenage daughter actually fell in love with the slowing down and peace away from her busy iPhone updates. For 4000 yen per person, it seemed little expensive at first, but the experience of finding the old Japanese house together, and traveling into some kind of time warp into the past, and enjoying being away from the busy streets became such a memorable experience for me and my daughter. It became a cool adventure experience for two of us.

Reservation is a must, as the word of mouth amongst Japan expats are spreading, and more Japanese are apparently taking weekly classes here. I think there's a 20-minute version for the green-tea experience, which you get to taste a great cup of green tea made in the "correct" way, (and they do taste almost like perfectly made green tea cappuccino), but I highly recommend the 90-minute instruction.
Not recommended for small kids. But I'd recommend it highly for adults, or teens too tired for another temple visit.
Written August 21, 2017
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Keybeets
Washington DC, DC50 contributions
Friends
Highly recommend if you’re interested in learning about the history, customs, and spirit of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony (chado). Mika was amazing host and we not only learned a lot, but we also ate fun treats, participated in the tea ceremony, and then practiced making tea on our own!
Written November 28, 2019
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Ed M
Nashville, TN104 contributions
One of the few things my wife specifically wanted to do during our trip to Japan was a tea ceremony. After a bit of research, I found the Shizu-Kokoro school. It was absolutely wonderful and exactly what we were looking for! Ms Mika was an amazing host, carefully explaining everything about the ceremony, the history of the ceremony, about matcha, the various utensils and other implements. She was happy to have us ask questions and gave thorough answers. She's been doing this for many years, and clearly knows her craft. One of the best parts was the opportunity to make the tea for each other! It was a fabulous experience, and I recommend it highly!
Written August 17, 2019
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ipkris
Coolangatta, Australia13 contributions
Friends
My best friend and I attended the 10 am session on the 5th July 2018. It was the highlight of our trip as we both love matcha and anything related. Mika was very informative and made us felt very comfortable. The tea room is beautiful and incredibly tranquillising. I would love to take my husband there when we visit Tokyo again.
Written July 9, 2018
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AllisonKH
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
Family
Our tea ceremony with Mika at her exquisite tea house was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. It was not only a wonderful introduction to the tea ceremony, as promised, but to Japanese culture as well. Mika is lovely and we greatly appreciated her expertise, her hospitality, and the wonderful way she interacted with our 17-year-old to engage her in the experience. Our time in Tokyo was busy and stimulating. This experience was a nice respite and infused the rest of our trip with a mindfulness that we were grateful for.
Written August 27, 2017
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Ksimpsy
Singapore, Singapore38 contributions
We had a very enjoyable morning with Mika , she is knowledgeable , graceful and very welcoming . We learned a lot about the history and practices of the Japanese tea ceremony , very insightful visit
Written September 25, 2019
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Debora_Reece
Tokyo, Japan8 contributions
Couples
This workshop is as much as you could possibly ask for a 90 minute class, as I t beautifully synthesizes a performance that requires several years to master. Mika’s expertise stands out, her movements and the atmosphere she creates in her tea room are the equivalent of watching a performing art.
Mika is also an impressive teacher, she’ll fulfill your soul with lots of interesting information. Her perfect English and her teaching method will definitely make the most of it.
Written September 3, 2019
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AJ B
5 contributions
Solo
I stumbled upon Shizu-Kokoro quite by chance on my last day in Tokyo and Mika had no objections to beginning an impromptu tea ceremony for me. It was a truly enlightening experience and a wonderful cultural opportunity. Mika was an amazing chado master who performed the tea ceremony with grace and mindfulness. It was impossible not to relax. Learning to perform the tea ceremony was a real bonus - and I've actually carried the principles home with me to continue practising mindfulness here. It was also wonderful to have an overview of the history and significance of the chado. Mika offers plenty of information throughout, which makes it a deeper, rounder and more meaningful experience.
Written September 27, 2017
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Julia M
Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
Couples
My partner and I had a very enjoyable time with the lovely Mika learning about and sharing delicious cups of Japanese tea
Written August 29, 2017
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