Jan 11, 2012

Happy New Year

To my readers, I apologize for not posting more often.
This weekend we will be holding Hatsugama, the first tea gathering of the year.   It will take place in the new Issoan Tea Room and I'll be posting photos from the event.

Also for those of you who have been visiting iwww.issonatea.com, it is undergoing a re-design.  It was originally built by me in Frontpage.  Alas, Microsoft no longer supports it and I have lost my key to the software, so I cannot update it.  A new look will be coming soon with new content.

New classes are forming for the new year.

Introduction to Japanese Culture through the Tea Ceremony
Harmony, purity, respect and tranquility.  These are the four principles of tea ceremony distilled from Japanese culture.  In this ten week class, students will be introduced to Chado, the way of tea. The arts of Japan will be examined through the ritual preparation and drinking of matcha, Japanese ceremonial tea.  Students will participate in at least six tea ceremonies, an incense ceremony, and kimono dressing.  Japanese architecture, gardening, flower arranging and calligraphy will also be covered. Classes will take place in a Japanese tea room located 4 blocks south of PCC Rock Creek campus:  17761 NW Marylhurst Ct., Portland, OR 97229

Fee: $250, materials will be available for purchase at class.
Meets Saturdays for 10 weeks, starting January 21st, 1:30-3:00 pm at Issoan Tea Room.

Beginning Chanoyu
Learn the procedures for Ryakubon, tray style, the most simple of Japanese Tea Ceremonies.  This procedure can be done almost anywhere with a minimum of utensils. Learn the correct handling of utensils and further your knowledge of Japanese culture.  Learn how to make different kinds of tea sweets, proper etiquette for both host and guests at a tea ceremony.   Introduction to Japanese Culture through the Tea Ceremony recommended but not required.  Classes will take place at Ryokusuido Japanese Antiques Shop: 3826 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97232

Fee: $250, materials available for purchase at class
Meets Wednesdays for 10 weeks, starting February 15th, 7:00-8:30

Call Margie Yap, 503.645.7058 to register.  Limited availability


  1. Fantastic! Thank you, Margie!!

  2. Happy new year to you also. Best wishes for the new classes. It's so nice to see pictures from your tea room. It brings back memories from our visit a few years ago.

  3. Stephanie, I am looking forward to having you in my class. Welcome. Nordic lotus, I have fond memories of your visit to Issoan Tea Room, too. I hope you can return to share a bowl of tea with me.