Past Event

Seizan Toda Tea Ceremonies

  • March 3, 2019 | 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm

The Marciano Art Foundation is pleased to present a series of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies with Buddhist monk, Seizan Toda, Head priest of Daijiin, Daitokuji Temple (Kyoto). Hosted outdoors in the sculpture courtyard, these intimate ceremonies will take place in a tea house designed by Seizan Toda and Masayuki Inaida of Yamanaka Construction Co. Ltd., a simple, open structure of bamboo lines.

Through conducting ceremonies in this tea house—oftentimes in public spaces—Toda Seizan aims to be as inclusive as possible. He shares this practice with the world in hopes that if more people sit and have tea together, the world would be more peaceful, people would be more peaceful.

“In Japan, tea ceremonies are held to create a bond between the people. For the last few years I have been motivated to promote Japanese tea ceremony in new and unconventional ways by setting up a portable teahouse made from bamboo, the teahouse can be dismantled and assembled making outdoor tea gatherings possible. By changing tea’s traditional image and its rigid formal ways, I hope to have more people experience ‘tea’ and become interested in the Japanese tea culture. I wish to serve them a bowl, they take a mouthful then enjoy the experience of tea in a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging them to look deep within themselves taking a break from the world.”
– Seizan Toda | 戸田 惺山

Each tea ceremony will last approximately two hours. This event is free and open to the public; reservations required.

This event is sold out.