Across from the Main Stage this year, there will be two mini stages where several demonstrations will happen, similar to last year.
On the first stage, there will be Tea Ceremonies happening throughout both days. Saturday's Tea Ceremony demonstrations will be hosted by Chanoyu Seattle Omotesenke-Ryu. Demonstration times are at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.
The Tea Ceremony demonstrations for Sunday will be hosted by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association. Demonstration times will be at 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
Omotesenke and Urasenke, thinking they sound similar? There's a reason for that! Both Omotesenke and Urasenke are two of the three families that consider themselves founded by Sen Rikyū. Omote means "front" in Japanese while ura means "back". No, they aren't opposites or enemies of each other. They have these names because the tea houses faced the front street or the back street.
On Mini Stage 2, ikebana and bonsai demonstrations will be happening on both days. Saturday's ikebana demonstration will happen from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the bonsai demonstration from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday's demonstrations will be switched with bonsai going from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m followed by ikebana from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Don't get them confused!
The ikebana demonstrations will be held by Ikebana International while the bonsai demonstrations will be held by Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA).
We are very grateful for all of the organizations hosting a demonstration to show everyone the traditional Japanese culture!