IN-STORE EVENT | Tea as a Cultural Gateway

RSVP required. Join us for a presentation and demonstration. Includes tea and sweet.

About this experience

Please note: Stair access only (room is located on second floor). We will host future sessions on our ground floor.

When tea traditions are practiced and shared, they can serve as a cultural gateway. It becomes more than just tea. We're honored to have Rie Morita, who has been an educator and chanoyu practitioner of fifteen years, host this seminar. First, Rie will give a lecture (insights on traditional chracteristics of tea in Japan; elements in Japanese culture that have molded chanoyu; and how tea has been able to traverse borders throughout the years). Afterward, there will be a chanoyu demonstration. At the end, guests will be served a sweet and have a chance to prepare their own tea. This event will begin promptly, so we recommend arriving 10–15 minutes prior to your reservation time. Recommended for anyone interested in an introduction to the traditional preparation of matcha.


About Japanese tea ceremony. Called chanoyu ("hot water for tea") or sadō or chadō ("the way of tea"), Japanese tea ceremony is much more than a presentation. To many, it's considered an art form and a longtime activity involving ritual procedures, seasonality, and relationship. The practice has been around since the 9th century, although some prefer to highlight the 16th century, when Sen no Rikyū became the most influential figure of the art.

Honoring a Digital-Free Zone. During this event, we encourage a digital-free zone. There will be time at the end to take photos of your tea and to take a group photo, if you'd like.

Parking. Please plan to arrive early. Parking can be more difficult during the weekends along Girard Avenue. Free two-hour parking can be found along Girard Ave, Pearl Street, and around the neighborhood.

Changes to Your Reservation. Please send us a message at if you need to cancel, honored up to 24 hours before the reserved date. No refunds will be granted after this deadline. Thank you for understanding.

Please note that face coverings are not required to enter our store, but we encourage you to do what is most comfortable to you.

Your Host

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Rie Morita is an educator and chanoyu practitioner of fifteen years. She was originally inspired to learn chanoyu as a way of bringing Japanese culture into her daughters’ lives. Now, Rie wishes to share the enjoyment of chanoyu with others through her partnership with PARU.