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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2014

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), and Tokyo Traditional Arts Program Executive Committee will hold the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2014, a set of events designed to showcase different tea traditions in hopes of introducing tea culture and the Edo-Tokyo culture that gave shape to the Japanese tea world. The event is part of the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program, which aims to disseminate Japanese traditional performing arts and culture both inside and outside Japan.

Spanning a total of four days, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (located in Koganei-shi, Tokyo) will play host to event participants on Sep. 27 (Sat) and 28 (Sun), while the Hama – rikyu Gardens (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) will hold its ceremonies on Oct. 11 (Sat) and 12 (Sun). The “Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony” program, founded in 2008 to provide a relaxed introduction to the culture of tea or Chanoyu for citizens and foreigners unfamiliar with the tea ceremony, is now in its seventh year. The event drew over 23,000 participants last year, bringing the six-year running total to an incredible 105,000 guests and solidifying the gathering as one of Tokyo’s proudest fall traditions.

The Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony events will be held at a garden and outdoor architectural museum that feature gorgeous natural scenery and tremendous historical and cultural value. Both venues will host authentic Cha-seki (reservations required), Nodate outdoor teas, and “Tea Ceremony for Beginners” introductory workshops. The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum will feature “Tea Ceremony Workshop for Children” (for elementary school students and younger children). The Hama – rikyu Gardens will hold an “Outdoor Tea Ceremony in English,” where experts will explain the art of the tea ceremony in English, as well as a Tea culture groups from Tokyo high schools will conduct an “Outdoor Tea Ceremony by high school students” .

Fee

Cha-seki; Indoor Tea Ceremony : 700 yen
Nodate; Outdoor Tea Ceremony : 300 yen
Tea Ceremony for Beginners : 300 yen , etc.

Tickets except for Cha-seki are on sale on the day of the event.
Outdoor tea ceremony in English is available at Hama-rikyu Gardens.
For indoor tea ceremonies, reservations are necessary in advance.

* Admission free during the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.
* Entrance fee is required at Hama-rikyu Gardens.

How to apply: Details

By reply-paid postcard
On a reply-paid postcard, write your preferred venue (1. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum or 2. Hama-rikyu Gardens), your preferred date, your preferred time (morning or afternoon), the total number of people in your party (up to 2), and the name, address, and telephone number of the person representing your party. Then, mail the postcard to the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony Office.
* Make sure to write the name and address of the person representing your party on the reply postcard (the front of your reply-paid postcard).

Online
Complete and submit the required items on the application form available from the official website.

Application period

Sunday, August 31 2014
* Applications must be postmarked by the deadline.
The application is closed

Drawing results

Results of the drawing for reservations will be sent to applicants by Sep. 8 (Mon) via reply postcard (for applicants who applied via reply-paid postcard) or e-mail (for applicants who applied online).

Other notes

Personal information learned via the application process will be used only for the purposes of contacting applicants and conducting event operations.

Contact

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony Office
Bldg.B 10-13-2 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
TEL: 03-3813-1181(Weekday 10:00~18:00)
URL: http://www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony2014.jp/

Organizers:
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Tokyo Traditional Arts Program Executive Committee

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Hama-rikyu Gardens