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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japan House

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (CST)

Japanese Tea Ceremony
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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Sales Tax Quantity
Student or Tomonokai Member Ticket Jan 23, 2019 $10.00 $0.00 $0.75
General Public Ticket Jan 23, 2019 $12.00 $0.00 $0.90

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Join us for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony! 





Chado, or the Way of Tea, is one of the most ancient and revered arts of Japan, and is at the very heart of Japan House. Come to a traditional Japanese tea ceremony to learn about Japan House on the campus of the University of Illinois, and the history of this 500 year old art form. Watch as the host carefully and thoughtfully prepares each piece of equipment so you can thoroughly enjoy a bowl of matcha tea and seasonal wagashi, a traditional Japanese sweet.

Experience a moment of peace. 

You will be asked to remove your shoes (or use shoe covers) when you enter, and to wear white socks (we have some to lend you if you forget). We also ask that legs be covered as is traditional in Japan. You will be kneeling or sitting on the tatami mats, but if that is a problem we can easily pull a chair up to the tea room for you, and you still still be at the same height as the other participants.

Space is limited to 20 guests. Reservations are recommended. 





Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, if space allows, you may transfer your registration to a different event. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring your ticket. We will just need your name.


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

The purchaser of the ticket can go to "My Tickets" and change the name to whomever will be attending.


What if I want to purchase more than 10 tickets or schedule a special group?

We are happy to work with you to schedule a group. Just call us at 217-244-9934. We can also talk about scheduling a tea ceremony at a special time for you, depending on availability.


What is the refund policy?

You registration is refundable if you contact us at 217-244-9934 24 hours before the date of your reservation. 


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The tea ceremony is for all ages. Children are welcome as long as they are able to sit quietly throughout the ceremony. Admission is required for all regardless of whether they partake in the tea and sweet.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us with any questions at 217-244-9934 or


What is Tomonokai? How can I support Japan House?

Tomonokai are "Friends of Japan House". The Tomonokai program was established in 1998 with a goal of supporting Japan House programming and events and promoting an understanding of Japanese Arts and Culture. This tax deductible membership entitles you to special member benefits including discounts on events and merchandise, and vouchers for private tea ceremonies.

Japan House is non-profit and fully relies upon the generosity and kindness of supporters to continue to provide our campus and community vibrant programming that is immersive, engaging, and most importantly, that celebrates diversity! Consider becoming Tomonokai, or Friend of Japan House, or support by clicking here.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Japan House is located in the Arboretum at the University of Illinois on Lincoln Avenue between Kirby/Florida and Windsor Road. There are metered parking spaces in the lot to the north of Japan House (F-31 at St. Mary's Road and Lincoln) and to the south of Japan House (F-32 on Lincoln across from the Vet Med complex). On weekends the south lot is free. The front door is located on the north side of the building.

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Japan House
2000 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (CST)

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Celebrating 20 years within the Arboretum at the University of Illinois, the mission of Japan House is to bring about cultural understanding, to offer exposure to new perspectives, and to embrace tranquility in an immersive and experiential environment. Through the study of Japanese aesthetics and traditional arts, particularly Chado, the Way of Tea, Japan House provides an essential opportunity for University students and the broader community to gain a deeper sensitivity towards diverse cultures. Call 217-244-9934 or email for information on tea ceremonies, special events and tours.

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