We would like to encourage former students to return to classes. We accept "stand-by" students, who have experienced "hakobi-usucha" in the Urasenke Chado Tradition.

Stand-by students can take classes, when regular class students are absent. We will be able to notify you one week prior to the scheduled class openings. We look forward to you attending.

Tuition: $35 indvidual lessons or $315.00 for 10 lessons
Membership: $25.00*, if not a member of the Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society
Materials: $27.00*, if necessary


16th gen scroll

SEN Rikyu, the 16th-century tea master who perfected the Way of Tea, was once asked to explain what this Way entails. He replied that it was a matter of observing but seven rules:

- Make a satisfying bowl of tea
- Lay the charcoal so that the water boils efficiently
- Provide a sense of warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer
- Arrange the flowers as though they were in the field
- Be ready ahead of time
- Be prepared in case it should rain
- Act with utmost consideration toward your guests.


Standing Bow - Table and Chair Style

The classes will be held on the first and third Fridays of the month. This is open to current students, as well as, the public. You must be a member of the Urasenke Chanoyu Tea Ceremony Society to attend and have experience of the Usucha level as a minimum requirement.


Time and Day:
10am and 2pm


Urasenke Chanoyu Center Annex
153 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

$35 for individual classes. (Individual classes are only available to students, who are currently enrolled in tea classes.)
$315 for ten classes.
Checks should be made payable to “Urasenke, Inc”

Optional Materials Fee: A sensu (fan), fukusa (silk purification cloth), kaishi (paper for sweets) are required for the lessons. If you don’t have your own, we will provide the implements for a fee from $27 to $60.
Additional Membership Fee: If you are not already a member of the Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society, there is an additional $25 to join.

Tea Procedures and Etiquette

Topics will be covered, such as, bowing and standing, opening and closing sliding doors, entering the tea room, folding a silk wiping cloth, purifying a container for thin tea and a tea scoop, partaking of dry sweets and thin tea, etc. It is necessary to sit on your knees to do most of the procedures during the workshop. A small stool can be provided at your request. If you have physical issues with regard to this, please call for further clarification.

Duration: 2 hours
Urasenke Chanoyu Center
153 East 69th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues)

Time: All workshops begin promptly at 2:00 PM

2018 Dates:
Saturday, April 21st

Saturday, May 19th
Saturday, June 30th
Saturday, July 28th

No workshop in August
Saturday, September 8th
Saturday, October 13th
Saturday, November 17th
Saturday, December 15th

Fee: $35.00 (materials are included)

Attire: Bring white socks. No Jeans. Wear moderate dress. Refrain from wearing strong cosmetics, perfume or bright nail color. Remove any jewelry from your fingers.

Note: Picture taking is not allowed. Please do not touch or lean on the walls or sliding paper screens.

Please call first to confirm space availability. To reserve your space, please send us your name, address and daytime phone number along with your check, made payable to "Urasenke Inc." Write the date you would like to attend on the check. Please let us know by Friday of the previous week if you must cancel your reservations. Refunds or credit cannot be given for last minute cancellations. Please arrive 5 or 10 minutes early as the workshop begins promptly at the scheduled starting time. We look forward to sharing a bowl of tea with you.

Gift certificates are available from the office for these workshops.

Continuing Tea Lessons for Chanoyu Study

The Way of Tea is best savored by those who study tea preparation. Lessons emphasize the role of the guests as well as the host. You must be a member of the Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society to attend lessons. There is a sign up list for lessons. You must contact the Center to select the time appropriate that is convenient for your schedule and we will inform you when the classes have openings available. After you indicate your interest in a specific lesson time, there may be a waiting time for openings at the specific time chosen due to a limited number of spaces available.

Those attending morning classes should arrive a minimum of thirty minutes before class time in order to purify the space and make the preparations for the tea ceremonies. Those attending afternoon classes should allow an appropriate time after the class to restore the space to the original condition for the next group of students.

Tuesdays 10:00am, 2:00pm & 5:30pm
Thursdays 10:00am, 2:00pm & 6:00pm
Fridays 10:00am & 2:00pm

Saturdays 10:00 a.m.

Fee: $35 for individual lessons / $315 for ten lessons
Individual lessons are only available to students, who are currently enrolled in tea classes.
Gift certificates are available from the office for these classes only for students currently enrolled in lessons.

Chanoyu Student Application Form
Click here to download a PDF file version of the student membership application.
Make the check payable to Urasenke, Inc. and mail it with the completed form to the address above.

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200 E 69th St (Between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10021 - (212) 564-3199

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New York, NY 10021 - (212) 564-3199

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155 E 68th St (Between Lexington & 3rd Ave)
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