2/11 Reservations for Second Sunday are closed, please pay $10 at the gate

02/11/2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM PT


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Even though the Storrier Stearns garden is a perfect backdrop for cultural events, festivals and celebrations, Japanese gardens are designed primarily for quiet contemplation and introspection. Our Second Sundays will offer visitors the serenity that has characterized Japanese gardens for centuries, a respite from a hectic world. Chairs and benches will be scattered around the garden and tables will be available for picnics and conversation. Highlighting the day will be tea ceremonies in the Niko-an Teahouse.

Photo by Bob Allard

On every Second Sunday, tea practitioner Mikko Nakatomi will perform two matcha tea ceremonies. Ms. Nakatomi will serve tea twice – at 1pm and 2:30pm. Chairs will be provided. Space is limited for each session and reservations are necessary.

The traditional Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu (literally, “Hot Water for Tea”), uses powdered high-quality green tea known as matcha that was first brought from China to Japan by Buddhist monks in the late 12th century. From its roots in Japan’s Zen Buddhist temples, tea drinking spread to the residences of the nation’s warrior elite and by the 16th century crystallized into an elegant cultural pursuit that influenced almost every aspect of Japanese culture.

The Niko-an Teahouse at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is one of the few places in Southern California where an authentic Japanese-style tea ceremony can be experienced in the setting of a traditional teahouse and stroll garden.

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