About Us

The Urasenke London branch is one of many branches of the Urasenke Foundation. Our main aim is to introduce and spread knowledge of Chado, The Way of Tea, a Japanese tradition with more than 400 years of history. We disseminate the Way of Tea through lectures, demonstrations, and training. London Branch activities are supported by Tankokai UK Association.

Tankokai UK Association

Tankokai UK is formed mainly by practitioners of the Way of Tea. The UK Association activities started in 2009 with chado presentations in schools. In 2011, Tankokai UK was officially launched in London by Urasenke XV Grand Master Genshitsu Sen.
Tankokai Associations can be found around the world. Members support the Urasenke activities in their communities as well as deepen their chado knowledge through study groups and training.
For further information contact tankoukai.uk@gmail.com.


Keiko (lessons) at the London branch are given in traditional Japanese manner. Those already practicing chado are welcome to start keiko at any time. Beginners and intermediate levels practice on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Advanced-level keiko is on selected dates. Contact us for keiko enquiries.

Introduction to Chado

The British Museum monthly chado presentations consist of a brief talk followed by matcha-making in the chashitsu (tea room). 30 minutes.

Where: The British Museum, Mitsubishi Galleries, 5th floor, rooms 92-94
When: 2nd and 4th Friday
Times: 2pm and 3 pm
Open to the public. Free. Just drop in.
Presentations given by Urasenke.

NOTE: The British Museum is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check updates on The British Museum website.

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Keiko (lessons or training) are offered at the following locations.


Urasenke London Branch

Contact: Miho Kimura
4 Langton Way, London, SE3 7TL

Kaetsu Chado Society

Contact: Peter Cavaciuti
Kaetsu Educational and Cultural Centre
Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0SH

Berkshire Study Group

Contact: Sumie Takahashi
"Hawthorns", 15 Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3NR
+44 1628 823 876


- News -


"The importance of human interaction" is the title of the latest Daisosho’s 「一服どうぞ」"Ippuku Dozo" column published in The Sankei News on 28 June 2020.
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Messages from Oiemoto

Following previously posted video featuring 'Kakufuku-date' in Furo season the Ro season version has been posted with English subtitles. Free access.
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Zabosai Oiemoto video messages with English subtitles can be watched on the Urasenke website. Access for members only.
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OneWorld Chakai

The first worldwide online live relay chakai was held on 3 May 2020. It was organised by Midorikai Alumni Association as part of the Midorikai's 50th anniversary celebrations. Chakai video can be watched on Facebook.
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TankokaiUK Webinars

Webinars have been organised by Tankokai UK to bring Urasenke practitioners together during the pandemic isolation period.
The first webinar, a cooking class by chef Ms Mizue Kanazawa entitled「一汁三菜」"ichi jyu san sai", took place on 26 April 2020. It was followed by virtual chado keiko on「美しい所作」”graceful behaviour” by Sokei Kimura Sensei on May 9 & 16.