The Way of Tea
Chado, the Japanese tea ceremony, was formed after the introduction of Zen Buddhism in Japan. It has developed over 400 years since the time of Rikyu, the founder of Chado.
Chado offers an opportunity to learn traditional Japanese etiquette and customs that help refine our manners while entertaining guests.
Four principles of Chado: Wa(harmony), Kei(respect), Sei(purity) and Jaku(tranquility).
和 / Wa / Harmony
To live harmoniously with each other
敬 / Kei / Respect
To respect each other and treat everything around us with respect
清 / Sei / Purity
To strive for purity of both mind and body
寂 / Jaku / Tranquility
To have a mind that is always serene
Yasuko Takahashi, who was born in Hiroshima, came to Canada in 1993.
She is a 1st- degree instructor of the Urasenke School of Tea and a kimono dressing instructor of Kyoto Kimono Gakuin.
The Way of Tea ( Chanoyu or Chado) has been her passion over the past twenty years. Yasuko believes that the tea spirit, understanding, and sharing the mutual moment of peaceful communication between host and guests through a bowl of tea, can bring peace to this troubled world.
She actively teaches in her authentic teahouse, Hakuho-an (白峰庵), which is located in North Vancouver overlooking a beautiful Japanese garden. In March of 2017, Yasuko hosted a fundraising Chakai (tea gathering) in support of the charity, “Food for the Hungry.”
The instructor is available for hosting tea ceremony demonstrations in her teahouse, or various locations upon request. Yasuko can be reached at email@example.com.