Samurai Tea Ceremony: Harvest Moon Viewing 2022
Sunday, September 25th
Morning Session from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Globus Washitsu – 889 Broadway at E. 19th Street, PHC
Otsukimi (お月見) is an ancient Japanese custom where you pray to the moon every September. The Japanese give thanks to the rich harvest of the year by displaying freshly harvested rice, potatoes, and vegetables by the window under the moonlight. In this month’s tea ceremony, guests of tea master Yoshitsugu Nagano will enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a space decorated with moon viewing items. Nagano will perform the ceremony in candlelight.
About the Tea Master
Yoshitsugu Nagano is the youngest person to be certified in the highest rank of the Ueda Soukata school of samurai tea ceremony, which has been practiced in Hiroshima for four hundred years. He serves as a professor at the school.
In 2019, Nagano relocated to New York City, where he energetically promotes the spirituality and aesthetics of the Japanese tea ritual, rooted in Zen, through tea rituals and classes. He has also been working on and establishing new styles of modern tea ceremony that incorporate new expressions to create new ways of engaging with the traditional ritual.
About the Japanese Tea Ritual
The ritual of Japanese tea has an 800-year history. Samurai warriors developed the tea ceremony as their essential practice to relax and preserve their mental health after battles. In addition to performing a tea ceremony, Nagano will also discuss Japanese history, culture, and most important, the relationship between samurai warriors and tea ceremony.
Globus Washitsu, the setting for the event, is a tatami-mat oasis with traditional Japanese architecture. Says Nagano, “You won’t find better place than this place to experience Japanese culture.”
To register, please visit Nagano’s Eventbrite page and select the session you would like to attend.
Western-style clothes are acceptable, but please do not wear sleeveless shirts or short miniskirts. Bring a clean pair of white socks. Organizers will ask you to remove jewelry and watches.