Madame Sosei Matsumoto is a 2013 Local Heroes Honoree for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Since being honored, Madame Matsumoto has continued to be actively involved in the teaching and demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony.
All of the events listed below are organized and under the direction of Madame Matsumoto and her students, many of whom are established teachers of Japanese tea ceremony themselves. They participate and assist with these formal and detailed celebrations/commemorations, many of which take weeks of practice for a specific type of tea ceremony for each occasion, along with the selection of special tea ceremony bowls / utensils, Japanese scrolls, seasonal flower arrangements, and seasonal kimonos. In tea ceremony, one is continually learning about tea ceremony, history, Japanese ceramics, Japanese calligraphy, scrolls, and makers of the hand-made utensils.
Madame Matsumoto provides the strict discipline and a wealth of knowledge to her students who are still learning from Madame Matsumoto, a Grandmaster herself.
October 6, 2013. Tea demonstration at the Huntington Library Japanese Garden.
November 6, 2013. Robiraki. Celebrating the sunken hearth in the tea room occurring the beginning of November.
November 10, 2013. Chasen Kuyo. Annual burning of the tea whisk.
November 17, 2013. Sotanki.
Memorial for the Urasenke Grandmaster.
December 7, 2013. End of year tea gathering.
January 12, 2014. Hatsudate at Doubletree Hotel-New years tea celebration January19, 2014. Hatsugama. First tea ceremony of the year.
March 16, 2014. Rikyuki. Memorial tea gathering for Sen Rikyu, the founder of Urasenke Way of Tea.
June 8, 2014. Tea demonstration at the Huntington Library Japanese Garden.
June 21, 2014. Tea gathering at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center.
July 12-13, 2014. Nishihongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Memorial tea demonstration.
November 1-4, 2014. Tea seminars with a grandmaster from Japan.
Once a month, Madame Matsumoto volunteers with her student to prepare a tea ceremony for the Keiro Senior.
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