With a tea scene image from more than 100 years ago, tea master Sotatsu Ota and a wagashi artist Sayoko Sugiyama host a tea ceremony and wagashi making workshop. Conjuring up images of how these people experienced tea & by reincarnating their wagashi (Japanese-style traditional confectionery) and tea, we try to create a circle of the heart.
Born 1957 in Kyoto. Graduated at the department of agriculture at University of Shimane and received a doctor degree at Kyoto Institute of Technology.
He is a doctor of engineering, the head of Oimatsu Japanese-style confectionery, a guest lecturer at Faculty of Culture and Information Science at Doshisha University, and at Ritsumeikan University.
He hosts various kinds of lectures at Yuuhisai Koudoukan, a private place of scholarship from the Edo era and number of tea ceremonies domestically and internationally.
His writings include “The Tale of Genji and confectionery / Genji-monogatari to kashi”, “Kyoto’s Geiko districts – people, arts, town / Kyo no kagai –hito, waza, machi–”, “Tea ceremony study series vol.4 kaiseki and confectionery / Kaiseki to kashi”, “Enjoying tea ceremony through confectionery / Kashi no chaji wo tanoshimu”, “Kotsuzumi”, “Makigashi”, “The Encyclopedia of forms of Japanese culture / Nippon-bunka no katachi hyakka”. He supervised a how-to DVD about the basics of tea ceremony.
He appears on Japan’s national TV programs NHK including “Cooking today / Kyo-no ryori”, “Yokoso senpai”, “Manyoshu Calender / Himekuri manyoshu.
Born in Mie, Japan in 1983. Wagashi artist. Focusing on the obvious fact that eaten wagashi disappears, she saw a possibility as an expression mean in it. She learned at an old wagashi store in Kyoto. Considering the precess of seeing and eating a piece of art, she makes wagashi which provide people unforgettable moments. For 10 years, she was active as one of the wagashi unit “Nikka”. Now she is active as Sayoko sugiyama and also organizes “Okashimaru.
About Yuuhisai Koudoukan
Yuuhisai Koudoukan is a classic sukiya-style architecture with two tea rooms and a garden. Located on the west side of Kyoto Imperial palace, the historical Koudoukan school was created at the end of the 18th century by Confucian, Minagawa Kien and is now protected as an important part of Kyoto’s cultural heritage.
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TeaCeremony：the land of the dead
Please make a phone call to Yuuhisai Koudoukan directory 075-441-6662