The New York branch was created in 1964. Currently, the Urasenke Chanoyu Center is located in an 130 year old landmark building, which originally was constructed as a carriage house. In 1980 Urasenke Chanoyu Center purchased the building with a partner. Prior to that it was the studio of Mark Rothko where he worked and died. The interior of the building was rehabilitated by traditional carpenters from Kyoto, Japan. The centerpiece of the construction includes four tea rooms of various sizes surrounding a garden. All the materials for the construction were imported from Japan. Prior to 1980 the Center was located at 860 UN Plaza. The mission of the Center is
"Peacefulness through a bowl of tea."
The Urasenke Tradition of Tea
Urasenke Konnichian of Kyoto, Japan has nurtured the rich cultural tradition of chanoyu since the early seventeenth century. Zabosai Iemoto, sixteenth generation Grand Tea Master of Urasenke, continues the tradition of his father, now retired as Hounsai Genshitsu, Former Grand Tea Master, in fostering international goodwill through cultural exchange. Over the last fifty years branches have been established in twenty-one cities worldwide. Urasenke has become the largest tradition of Chado both in Japan and around the world. On December 22, 2002, Zabosai SEN Soshitsu XVI succeeded as the sixteenth-generation grand master in the Urasenke line descending directly from SEN Rikyu extending the practice of his forefathers.
Membership: Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society
Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society is the non-profit, support organization of the Urasenke Chanoyu Center. Anyone wishing to promote the understanding of chanoyu can become a member. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. Members are entitled to attend tea classes and tea events upon availability, as well as, use the Center library.
Sympathy Message from the Urasenke Grand Master
Concerning the Great Tohoku Earthquake
"We express our sincere sympathy to all the victims of the immense earthquake that recently struck Tohoku and the surrounding region. We pray for the early reconstruction and rehabilitation of your lives and communities."
Daisosho Genshitsu Sen and Iemoto Soshitsu Sen