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2012 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Cultures

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM
- 09:00 PM

Location: Room 133, Humanities Building

Cost: $10 general; $5 students (with ID) . Discount if you register before Oct. 17


Sponsor: Japanese Program, Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture

Contact: Midori McKeon, Department of Foreign Languages

Phone: (415) 338-1346

This academic conference, which will be held under the joint sponsorship of two universities in San Francisco and the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture, 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 Nov. 10 at San Francisco State University. 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 U.S. will cover topics such as calligraphy scrolls, flower arrangement, bamboo baskets and various aspects of tea ritual. The entire program is 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 & A session after each presentation. To encourage the greatest possible number of attendees, we have set the admission fee at very reasonable $10 ($5 for students) for those who pre-register by Oct. 17, and $20 ($10 students) for on-site registrations. The Conference Program and the Registration Form are downloadable from http// 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. We look forward to seeing you there! For further information, please contact; (415) 338-1346


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