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Japanese Tea Ceremony and Concert Schedules, 2016

Tea House

Tea Ceremony Presentations are given at 2:00 PM in the tea hut situated in a Japanese garden on the museum grounds. Admission is free. The 2016 tea ceremonies are scheduled on three Sundays: June 26, performed by Aiko Somi Rodgers; July 31 and September 25, performed by Glenn Sorei Pereira.

The Art Complex Tea Hut, Shofuan,"Wind in The Pines Hut" was designed by Kojiro Tomita's long time friend Gofu Sano and built in Kyoto Japan in 1969. It was reassembled here in 1975 and dedicated to the Tomitas at an inaugural tea ceremony.

Shofuan is a traditional san jo daime (3 and 3/4 size) hut - Japanese huts are described by the number of mats they accommodate. There are two single fusuma (sliding doors), connecting the tea room with the mizuya (kitchen area), where all the preparations are made for the tea meal (kaiseki) and the tea ceremony.

The tokonoma or art alcove, has it's historical roots in early Japanese architectural style and Buddist symbolism. carefully chosen art, almost always calligraphy, is hung from wall, and simple flowers are arranged in a modest hanaire (flower container).

Typical of tea huts is the great variety of woods and grassy materials used in the construction of Shofuan, intended to reflect not the permanence of things, but the temporal nature of life. Sugi or Japanese cedar, has been used for the structural members and roof. The lattice ceiling inside the hut is woven sugi, in contrast with the woven rush ceiling of the tokonoma and temae za (mat where the tea is served). The initial structure of the walls is sasa (small bamboo), lace bound wisteria vine, and the unfinished portions become the open windows and transomes of the house. The floor of the mizuya, made of ground cypress and bamboo, is open for the water to run through. Tea huts are washed regularly to keep them clean.

The name Shofuan, written by its designer, appears under the peak of the roof, bringing to mind the familiar phrase matsukaze, "pine wind," the sound a kettle makes when water is hot enough to make tea.

2016 Concert Series

Sunday Afternoon Concerts at 4 PM have been a popular tradition for many years

April 3, The Boston Trio, violin, cello and piano

May 1, Duo Sonidos, violin and guitar

August 7, Tom Hansen, piano

October 2, The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, flute, violin, cello, harp

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November 6, Eclatant Trio, cello, violin, piano

Concerts begin at 4PM.
Admission is free. Seating is limited.

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