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Date(s) - 01/13/2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Umlauf Sculpture Garden


For JASGA’s first cultural and educational program of 2019, join us for Hatsugama(first tea of the new year) celebration at Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum Family Day on Sunday, January 13
The word Hatsugama literally means “first kettle.”  The term refers to the chaji(formal tea ceremony) held on the first day of the New Year. The teishu (host) fills a kettle with young water drawn for the first time on New Year’s Day and invites guests to share the first tea that year after greeting New Year.
The chaji gathering usuallly includes a charcoal arrangement (sumi), a meal featuring traditional New Year’s food (or Kaiseki), thick tea (koicha) and thin tea (usucha) prepared by the teacher.
In Japan, Hatsugama is the only time when the tea teacher him or herself prepares tea for all her/his students. In most cases this tea ceremony is a complete Chaji meeting with kaiseki or traditional New Year’s food. It is not possible to teach the whole Chaji at once; therefore, it is ordinarily broken up into practicing how to prepare Usucha, how to prepare Koicha, and arranging the charcoal in Sumidemae. Only at Hatsugama will the whole ritual be performed by the tea teacher with some help of her/his students. Typical for this meeting is the festive mood, exquisite cuisine, and the curved braided willow branches hung in the tokonoma (alcove).
JASGA invites Ms. Linda Mosley, Chado Austin to present Hatsugama, the First Tea of the New Year.
For more information, visit the event page.