KEIKO KITAZAWA SOSHI
Omotesenke style tea ceremony instructor 表千家流茶道講師
Secretary General of Omotesenke Domonkai Eastern Region, USA 表千家同門会米国東部支部 事務長
Zuiho-kai member 瑞峯会会員
Osaka University of Arts Design 大阪芸術大学デザイン学科卒業
Fashion Institute of Technology Fine Arts ファッション工業大学卒業
Photo by Mayumi Nishida
"Shu Ha Ri" is my lifetime concept. This is the training and lifelong progression as a tea practitioner. Shu Ha Ri is concentric circular progression.
Keep the teacher's form. Learning fundamentals, techniques, heuristics from the teacher. Practicing over and over with the teachers instruction. The teacher protects students until she or he has a solid foundation.
Break from the fundamentals and begin to apply the principles acquired from the practice of basics in new, freer, and more imaginative ways. Individuality begins in the way he or she performs techniques.
Keiko Kitazawa is an Omotesenke-style tea ceremony (Chanoyu) instructor and an inaugural member of the Omotesenke Domonkai Eastern Region, USA. Keiko teaches at a number of different locations in New Jersey, Manhattan and Brooklyn. She encourages her students to look beyond the routine practice of protocols, and reminds them that"Chaji", the formal tea gathering, is the ultimate manifestation of chanoyu's central concept: hospitality of the host to serve delicious tea in graceful manner and serene environment and to share a spiritually rich moment with the guests.
Taking time out of a busy day, sitting in a tearoom, emptying the mind of thoughts, listening to the sound of water boiling in the teakettle, and drinking a bowl of tea is such an exquisite pleasure.
Chanoyu (tea ceremony) is all about the host entertaining the guest with a bowl of tea.
With a bowl of tea, the host offers not only the tea but also the esprit of the occasion, appealing to all five senses.
The host delivers this moment by purifying the tea room, selecting the utensils, burning the incense, and preparing tea and sweets.
It naturally demands the host to be mindful always of leading a pure and beautiful daily life.
Keiko believes that art should be part of everyday life and that the lifestyle should reflect on the artwork. She also believes that this applies to Chanoyu as well. For her, practicing Chanoyu is not only about learning the procedures and customs involved but is also about living an aesthetically and spiritually rich life. She is looking forward to an opportunity to introduce you to this wonderful world of Chanoyu.