It was a real pleasure to meet Souko at her private tea house in Higashiyama. I've been to tea ceremonies a few times now and hers is one of the most polite, refined and comfortable that I have experienced so far. She speaks English very well and can explain aspects of the tea ceremony to both beginners and experienced tea lovers.
Her tea house is less convenient than others but its location is quiet and romantic, unlike some of the other busy places in Kyoto. Her utensils are also very fine and a lot of care seems to be taken in their arrangement. I'd go again!