The Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture
Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 


Genshitsu Sen was born in Kyoto on April 19, 1923, as the first son of the fourteenth-generation Urasenke grand master (iemoto), Mugensai. He served as the Urasenke grand master for thirty-eight years, up to the end of 2002, when he transferred the iemoto position and the hereditary name Soshitsu that goes with it to his elder son. At the same time, he changed his own name from Soshitsu to Genshitsu. Genshitsu Sen is customarily referred to by the title Daisosho, which literally means “great grand master.” His Buddhist ceremonial name is Hounsai.

Since embarking on his first trip overseas in 1950, Genshitsu Sen has sought actively to promote the way of tea internationally. He has visited more than sixty countries and made over three hundred journeys abroad. He holds a Ph.d. from Nankai University, China, awarded to him in 1991 for the successful defense of his thesis concerning the influence of the Cha Jing, by Lu Yu (8th c.), on the development of Japan’s chado culture, and a Litt.d. from Chung-Ang University, Korea, awarded to him in 2008. Since September 2005, Sen Genshitsu has been serving as Japan-U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, a position he was appointed to by the Japanese government.

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Tea Offering Service for World Peace
Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church
Saturday, September 18, 2010


Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the fifteenth-generation grand master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, conducted a formal tea offering service at Saint Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, in prayer for World Peace. The church was filled with attendees, who joined with Dr. Sen in this solemn service praying for peace on earth.

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60th Anniversary Gala Banquet
The Plaza Hotel
Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Urasenke Tradition of Tea has centuries of history within Japan. It has spread worldwide with many branches during the past six decades, ever since Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the fifteenth grand master of this tradition, made his first trip outside of Japan. Over the past sixty years Dr. Sen has dedicated himself to promoting the ideals of Chanoyu, which can lead to mankind's peaceful coexistance. Ths is reflected in Urasenke's motto of "Peacefulness through a bowl of tea."





The Kitano Hotel
Sunday, September 19, 2010

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