In 2015, the "Kōka" teahouse in the garden of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum was designated an Important Cultural Property along with the Prince Asaka Residence and other parts of the museum complex. Now that restoration work is complete, including measures to protect the structure against earthquake, we are very pleased to offer, for the first time in the museum’s history, a one-day series of tea ceremonies in our historic teahouse. For this special event, we have invited So-oku Sen, a 15th-generation tea master and hereditary successor to the Mushakōji Senke School of Tea, one of the three historical households directly descended from the 16th century tea master Sen no Rikyū.
These will be true tea ceremonies but people with no prior experience with the tea ceremony are very welcome to participate.
Registration and fees:
Date and times: Sunday, December 3, 2017
・First session: 13:00-13:40
・Second session: 14:00-14:40 (with English interpretation)
・Third session: 15:00-15:40
・Fourth session: 16:00-16:40
Location: "Kōka" Teahouse, in the garden of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Capacity: Limited to 20 persons per session (reservations will be closed as soon as a session reaches capacity).
Foreign visitors and residents (and Japanese accompanying foreign residents) will be given priority for the second session, which includes English interpretation, but foreigners who don’t require English interpretation are welcome to apply for any session.
We ask that you present yourself at the ticket booth by the main entrance gate no later than 20 minutes before the session begins to make the necessary payments. You will receive your tea-ceremony ticket there. From there, please proceed into the garden and complete your registration at the teahouse at least 10 minutes before the start time.
Fee: 1,000 yen per person for one session (includes a serving of “usucha” tea and a traditional sweet. You will also need to purchase regular museum admission, which gives you access to the museum, the current exhibition and the gardens.
Reservation has ended.
Please follow these points of tea-ceremony etiquette:
• Do not wear short skirts or come with bare legs.
• This event is not open to children under 12.
• Please have white socks or tabi to cover your feet before entering the teahouse.
• Remove all accessories including rings, bracelets and watches.
• This normally includes wedding bands and engagement rings.
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tea Ceremonies program
Tel 03-3443-0201 Fax 03-3443-3228