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2010 Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Teahouse Lecture

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Toba Sister City Committee hosted lecture series on the Japanese tea and teahouses by an impressive group of experts.

May 22, 2010

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"Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Teahouse Lecture"
by Mr. Hirokazu Kosaka
At Santa Barbara Botanic Garden,
Santa Barbara, CA
May 22nd, 2010
http://www.sbbg.org

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Presents
Teahouse Lecture Series:
Experts to discuss importance of tea and teahouse
In Japanese culture

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Toba Sister City Committee hosted lecture series on the Japanese tea and teahouses by an impressive group of experts.

On the Veranda: Approaches and Observations
by Mr. Hirokazu Kosaka
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Blaksley Bliss Library

Mr. Hirokazu Kosaka is an ordained Koyasan Shingon Buddhist priest, a master of the art of Japanese archery, a Calligrapher, and Artistic Director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Mr. Kosaka explained the Japanese Garden as a cultural means to understand the space between man and nature.
http://www.jaccc.org

Traditional Japanese "Shakuhachi" Flute Performance
by Mr. Bob Sedivy

Introduction by Ms. Alice Burke
Santa Barbara-Toba Sister City Organization
http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Visitor/Sister_Cities

Tea Ceremony at the Japanese Tea House "Shin Kan An" by Japanese Tea Master Kyoko "Sokyo" Kasai
Chanoyu of Santa Barbara
http://www.sbteahouse.org

Shin Kan An
This teahouse was built in 1949, by skilled craftsmen in Kyoto, Japan, and then shipped to California as a gift for retired businessman Royce Greatwood. The teahouse was reassembled in the Greatwood's Hope Ranch lemon orchard. In 1958, the home and orchard became the property of the John H. Esbenshade family. In 1998, with the help of the Santa Barbara-Toba Sister City Organization, the Esbenshades donated this unique teahouse to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, where it is being preserved and appreciated by visitors in this beautiful naturalistic setting.
The rich cultural tradition of Cha-do (Japanese tea culture), graces this teahouse. It was given the name Shin Kan An, meaning, " Look Through the Heart," by the 15th generation Hounsai Oiemoto (now Hounsai Genshitsu Daisosho) of the Urasenke Tea School. The name was generously given in honor of Heartie Anne Look, a teacher of Ikenobo Flower Arrangement and Japanese culture for many years in the Santa Barbara community. Shin Kan An, is currently used for authentic Chanoyu tea ceremony events and classes.
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