Anderson Japanese Gardens Tea Study Group will host a special tea gathering to honor the life of Sen Rikyu (1522-1591), the founder of the Sen family and one of the most influential and innovative tea masters in the history of Chado, the Japanese Way of Tea. The present Grand Tea Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea is Sen Soshitsu, the 16th generation descendant of Sen Rikyu.
David Mungenast, a member of Anderson Japanese Gardens Tea Study Group, will give a talk on the life of Rikyu and the significance of observing this historical memorial day. Following the presentation, Professor Kimiko Gunji will prepare a bowl of matcha (powdered green tea) to be offered in memory of Sen Rikyu. Following the tea procedure, all attendees will be served a special sweet, Rikyu manju, and their own bowl of matcha.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Directions: Anderson Japanese Gardens - 318 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90 and E. State St. (U.S. Business 20): Go west on Business 20 to IL 251 (N. 2nd St.). Turn right (north) on IL 251 to Spring Creek Rd. Exit on Spring Creek Rd. and move to left lane to turn left into gardens.