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The Japan House Fall Open House is coming up October 14th

A person in traditional Japanese clothing is kneeling and stirring tea with a long wooden stick.
Japan House

This year, the Fall Open House will feature tea ceremonies hosted by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association, a presentation by Linda Mosley, artist and teacher of ceramics and chado, and garden tours by Susan Kapacinskas.

The tea ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. They will include a bowl of matcha as well as wagashi (a Japanese sweet). Tickets are $16, and can be purchased here. From the event page:

Guests may select from the outdoor ryurei (table-style) tea ceremony (seated on chairs) or the indoor tea ceremony on tatami (seated cross-legged on tatami). Please dress appropriately as legs are covered traditionally in Japan. All guests will be asked to remove shoes when entering Japan House, and to wear socks if participating in a tea ceremony.

Garden tours will be given at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased here.

Mosley will give her presentation on “how the spatial relationship in roji (tea garden) and chashitsu  (tearoom) architecture inspire her ceramic work” at 3 p.m. This is free to attend, but space will be limited to 30 people. You can also visit at the dry garden deck between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. where she will have pieces for sale.

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