The more I study this 6 week's course the more I love it! This week I really liked the explanation of the meaning of the hanging scroll. Hanging scrolls are so much appealing to me, because for me is like discovering their inner message and profound meaning... is it the same also for Japanese people or do they understand at first sight what the kanji mean? Thank you Tyas!
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Even though I am half-Japanese, I was raised overseas so my cultural understanding about Japan was, in a large part, missing. My wife started going to tea classes and I tagged along. Tea teachers are the people to ask all the cultural questions you've ever had about Japan. Those people are tough to find.- Live Tea Ceremony Classes
Sosen-sensei is a wonderful and patient instructor in the art of tea. I was quite apprehensive to start learning initially, but I found his teaching to be very clear and precise which has helped me progress much faster than I thought I would be capable. I appreciate his infinite patience and non-judgement so much, and despite me having some pre-conceived notions of very strict Chado instructors, learning with Sosen-sensei is both fun and relaxing. I find the time spent learning tea with Sosen-sensei is so valuable to my week and would thoroughly recommend to anyone curious or interested in learning more deeply about tea ceremony or Japanese culture in general to try a session with Sosen-sensei!- Online Tea Ceremony Classes
Meet Your Instructor
Sensei Tyas Sōsen
As a Japanology graduate of Belgium’s Leuven University, Tyas Sōsen relocated to Japan in order to pursue post-graduate studies in the literature, history and culture of 17th-century Japan at Kansai University, Osaka, from which he received a Master of Arts degree. In order to deepen his understanding of Japan’s complex cultural traditions, he has trained in kendō, karate, and jōdō, and studied both nō performance-practice and the rite-of-tea (sadō).
By now a fully-qualified instructor in the Way of Tea as taught by the (warrior-style) Enshū school － thereby having become the youngest foreigner ever to have achieved this rank within the school －Sōsen instructs both Japanese and foreign pupils in ‘tea-ceremony’. He also conducts demonstrations, lectures and workshops concerning the tradition, philosophy and aesthetics of the-rite-of-tea.
Sōsen is also the first Belgian to have become certified as a Nihoncha (Japanese tea) Instructor. Having thus become an expert in all aspects of Japanese tea and tea-culture, he, at The Tea Crane, offers his personal selection of organically-produced Japanese teas.
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Tea has become a way of life, and a way of viewing the world we live in. I have learned to be more appreciative of the things we have, respectful towards other people, have more reverence for our natural environment, and am more able to be present in the current moment.
I believe that tea helps us to live a more fulfilling and happy life, and I want to share this joy with you.
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