Japanese Immersion Weekend: Tea Ceremony

Posted on: October 17th, 2017
November 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Elizabet Elliott

Japanese Immersion Weekend: Tea Ceremony

Sponsored by Ikebana Society and Mitsubishi Polysilicon

November 2, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Mobile Museum of Art is excited to present Japanese Immersion Weekend in early November! This four-day event is aimed at exploring aspects of Japanese culture through engagement in various traditional activities and screenings of critically-acclaimed films.

November 2 @ 6 p.m.

We will move through the ancient choreography of a traditional tea ceremony. Japanese tea ceremonies aren’t just about the tea; they focus also on the careful movements and aesthetics that define the ritual as heartfelt and genuine.

Mikiko Tanaka is host of Ryurei style tea ceremony. Studying the tea ceremony and flower arrangement at Ikenobo-gakuen in Kyoto while teaching Japanese and calligraphy at a private high school and junior high school, Mikiko has been practicing both since then. In the U.S., she has taught both at schools and art institutions, and been invited for demonstrations. She is also a potter and makes tea utensils and flower vases by herself for her demonstration and teaching.

We’ll also have Dr. Genzo Tanaka presenting a slideshow for history and philosophy of Japanese tea ceremony. As a polymer chemist as well as computational chemist, Genzo worked at various academic institutions and industries in the U.S. He is a younger brother of Mrs. Sosho Sugimoto, who presented a tea ceremony in 2002.