Wakai Tea Association
Urasenke Tradition of Tea
Chado Urasenke Tankokai Portland Wakai Association
Portland, Oregon USA
Located in Portland, Oregon, USA, Wakai Tea Association is a local chapter of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, Kyoto, Japan. The association consists of local teachers of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, their students, former students, friends of Wakai Tea Association and people who are interested in the Japanese Tea and Japanese culture. The group has been certified as Chado Urasenke Tankokai Portland Wakai Association by the Urasenke Headquarter, Kyoto, Japan since 1981 and also registered as a non-profit organization in the State of Oregon. Our members are mainly located in Oregon and in the southwest Washington but also located in other states and other countries.
The principal purpose, of Wakai Tea Association, is to foster and communicate the Spirit of Tea (Chado*) with Wa (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity), Jaku (jya-ku) (tranquilty), within our community, and to provide support for the Sensei (teachers), within the organization. At the same time, we will endeavor to provide an atmosphere for personal development for those who wish to study Tea. Wakai Tea Association was formed to enhance the membership interest in further understanding in the Urasenke Tradition of Japanese Tea, and in Japanese culture.
Wakai Tea Association follows the general guidelines of Urasenke Foundation, Kyoto, Japan.
This web site provides information to its members and people who are interested in the Japanese Tea.
If you wish to have further information regarding Wakai Tea Association and activities, please send email to:
* In 1906 Okakura Tenshin introduced the word "Tea Ceremony" in his book “The Book of Tea” published in English. However, the word in English has not been sufficient to communicate "the art of making and presenting tea" implied in the word Chado 茶道 (The Way of Tea) also known as Chanoyu 茶の湯 (Hot Water for Tea).
Soju Moriyasu began teaching the Urasenke Tradition of Tea in 1963 in Portland, Oregon. Over the years, she and her students formed Wakai, a study group. In 1981, Wakai was officially recognized as a local chapter of the Urasenke Dokokai by the Urasenke Headquarter. In 1990, Wakai was reorganized in the present form and registered as a non-profit organization in the State of Oregon. The group was renamed to Wakai Tea Association in 2004.