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Cultural Demonstration: Misono-dana Tea Ceremony

A tea host prepares tea at a misono-dana

Portland Japanese Garden will offer free, public demonstrations of a special ryu-rei style of tea ceremony, using the misono-dana, at the Cathy Rudd Cultural Corner in the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center from 1:15 – 2:15pm.

The Way of Tea is intrinsically linked to Japanese gardens and understanding the kokoro (heart) of Japanese gardening.


In the early Meiji era, the Kyoto Prefecture held the first tea exposition in Japan. The governor of Kyoto asked the 11th Urasenke Grand Tea Master, Gengensai, to create a new tea ceremony style, so that foreign guests could experience the most sophisticated Japanese culture comfortably and to show the heart of hospitality of the way of tea. The ryu-rei style of tea ceremony was conceived, in which the host and guests are seated in chairs instead of the traditional tatami mat; this ceremony could be conducted almost anywhere, even outdoors. The use of the misono-dana allowed the host to comfortably prepare the tea. It was considered a great success and since then, this type of tea ceremony has been enjoyed all over the world.

About Tea Ceremony

The traditional Japanese tea ceremony is a particular manner of preparing and drinking a bowl of tea. More than just making and serving tea, this tradition is based in formality and in many ways is a microcosm of the Japanese sense of omotenashi, which translates as wholehearted hospitality. It is a type of practice comprising of choreographed movements which serve as a foundation where both the host and the guest can escape from the fast pace of everyday life and involve all their senses and experience a serene feeling of calm.


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”