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      Japanese Ryūrei Tea Ceremony in Urbana

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      November 7, 2019

      Thursday   3:00 PM (on various days)

      2000 South Lincoln Avenue
      Urbana, Illinois 61802

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      Japanese Ryūrei Tea Ceremony

      Join us for Ryūrei, a traditional table-style Japanese tea ceremony!  Chado, or the Way of Tea, is one of the most ancient and revered arts of Japan, and is at the very heart of Japan House. There are many different variations of this art form. Traditionally, guests sit in the seiza posture (kneeling with the tops of the feet flat on the floor and sitting on the soles). But there is a variety of tea ceremony in which one sits on a chair while drinking the tea. This is called the Ryūrei style. Historically, in Japan, people didn't use chairs. They sat on the floor to eat meals. In contrast, people in the West sit on chairs at a table to eat meals. Ryūrei was created as a way of making tea ceremony more accessible to Westerners. Even Japanese people, who use the seiza posture much less than in the past, embrace the Ryūrei style of tea ceremony because it places less of a burden on the legs. The Ryūrei style of tea ceremony was created by Gengensai Seichū (1810-1877), the 11th head of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony, for an exposition held in 1872 in Kyoto. Many foreigners visited Japan at this time, so the government requested that an effort be made to accommodate them by modifying the traditional form of tea ceremony. The main feature of Ryūrei style is that both host and guests sit on a chair. The seiza posture is no longer used, but utensils are used in the same way as in a normal tea ceremony. Although this one aspect of the ceremony is altered, the Ryūrei style is otherwise the same as a tea ceremony performed using the seiza posture. While here, learn about the history of Japan House and of this 500 year old art form, and enjoy a bowl of matcha tea and wagashi, a traditional Japanese sweet. Tea ceremonies will feature a special handmade wagashi, using recipes from our newly released cookbook "The Art of Wagashi: Recipes for Japanese Sweets that Delight the Palate and the Eyes" written by Japan House Prof Emeritus Kimiko Gunji. The cookbook will be featured, and available for purchase.  Experience a moment of peace.  Reservations are recommended. You will be asked to remove your shoes (or use shoe covers) when you enter, and to wear socks (we have some to lend you if you forget). We also ask that legs be covered as is traditional in Japan. You will be sitting on chairs, not on the tatami mats.   FAQs Why is this tea ceremony served Ryūrei (table style) and not the traditonal style on the tatami mats? In order to accommodate guests of all ages and ranges of mobility, we offer a style of tea ceremony where all guests sit on chairs. The tea ceremony where guests sit on tatami, is held on alternating Wednesdays at 5:30pm and occasional weekends.   What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Japan House is located in the Arboretum at the University of Illinois on Lincoln Avenue between Kirby/Florida and Windsor Road. There are metered parking spaces in the lot to the north of Japan House (F-31 at St. Mary's Road and Lincoln) and to the south of Japan House (F-32 on Lincoln across from the Vet Med complex). The front door is located on the north side of the building.   Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes, if space allows, you may transfer your registration to a different event.    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You do not have to bring your ticket. We will just need your name.   The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? The purchaser of the ticket can go to "My Tickets" and change the name to whomever will be attending.   What if I want to purchase more than 10 tickets or schedule a special group? We are happy to work with you to schedule a group. Just call us at 217-244-9934. We can also talk about scheduling a tea ceremony at a special time for you, depending on availability.   What is the refund policy? You registration is refundable if you contact us at 217-244-9934 prior to 24 hours before the date of your reservation.    Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? The tea ceremony is for all ages. Children are welcome as long as they are able to sit quietly throughout the ceremony. Admission is required for all regardless of whether they partake in the tea and sweet.   Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact us with any questions at 217-244-9934 or   What is Tomonokai? How can I support Japan House? Tomonokai are "Friends of Japan House". The Tomonokai program was established in 1998 with a goal of supporting Japan House programming and events and promoting an understanding of Japanese Arts and Culture. This tax deductible membership entitles you to special member benefits including discounts on events and merchandise, and vouchers for private tea ceremonies. Japan House is non-profit and fully relies upon the generosity and kindness of supporters to continue to provide our campus and community vibrant programming that is immersive, engaging, and most importantly, that celebrates diversity! Consider becoming Tomonokai, or Friend of Japan House, or support by clicking here.  

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