2012 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Cultures

Saturday, November 10, 2012
The entire program from morning to evening will be open to the general public. We strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the topic to attend; you need not be affiliated with a tea school or to have ever participated in a tea ceremony. Please note that we will limit attendees to ages 18 and above. We have set aside a Q and A session after each presentation, when speakers and experts will entertain questions and comments from the audience. Students $10, General admission $20.
Dilena Takeyama Center for Japan and Japanese Culture, co-sponsored by San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco
Midori McKeon

The conference will be the first ever event of its kind on chanoyu -- Japanese tea ceremony -- and tea culture on the West Coast of the United States. The research presentations and a special Korean tea ceremony will take place during the morning and afternoon of November 10 at SF State. Following the conclusion of this program, the University of San Francisco, a private Jesuit university located just north of Golden Gate Park, will host an evening reception and dinner banquet for conference attendees.

Two renowned specialists have been invited to give keynote lectures: Dr. Asao Kōzu, widely known for his expertise in the history of tea, and Dr. Tamaki Yano, who has gained universal recognition for his research on Kundaikansouchōki, a text dating from the Muromachi period. Speaking in Japanese, Dr. Kōzu will present a new perspective on the wabi-cha of Sen no Rikyū, while Dr. Yano will deliver his lecture on the records of famous tea objects in English. Additional presentations by researchers from Japan and the United States will treat topics such as calligraphy scrolls, flower arrangement, bamboo baskets, and various aspects of tea ritual.

We firmly believe that chanoyu’s spirit of sincerity extending between host and guest can transcend borders and contribute to harmony among people all around the world, thereby promoting world peace.

Midori McKeon
Conference Chair and Organizer, San Francisco State University

Stephen John Roddy
Conference Coordinator, University of San Francisco

Jon Funabiki
Conference Partner, Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture