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.
Conference Chair and Organizer, San Francisco State University
Stephen John Roddy
Conference Coordinator, University of San Francisco
Conference Partner, Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture