At Ginchakai, various events related to tea are held concurrently.
Please take this opportunity to check them out.
(Event times vary by event. See below for details.)
It has been 500 years since tea and incense were first combined as a cultural art form. In Kodo (incense-smelling ceremony) inhaling the scent of the incense is called “listening.” Participants “listen” to the scent (monko) of the precious koboku aromatic wood in an experience that combines knowledge and fun. The experience will be accompanied by easily-understood explanations, making it enjoyable for everyone.
|Date & Time||Sunday, October 29
Session 1: 11:00-11:30
/ Session 2: 13:00-13:30
/ Session 3: 14:30-15:00
/ Session 4: 16:00-16:30
Sessions will begin at the scheduled times. It will not be possible to participate after the session starts.
|Location||Ginza 4-chome Matsuya-dori / Ginza Kohbako Building (Nippon Kodo Building) 3F, Incense Ceremony Room “Akatsuki”, 4-9-1 Ginza|
|Capacity||15 seats available per session.|
|Free of charge|
|Please pre-register online in the same manner as the tea ceremony pre-registration and lottery. Winners will be notified after the lottery is held.|
*Please do not wear perfume on the day, as the fragrant wood has a delicate scent.
Student tea room designs are collected for the Architectural Culture Week Student Grand Prix 2023 Ginchakai Tea Rooms hosted by the Architectural Institute of Japan, and panels of submitted works and the best submission are displayed each year at Ginchakai.
The submission awarded the gold prize this year will be constructed in full scale for the exhibit at Ginza Terrace on the 9th floor of Ginza Mitsukoshi Department Store again this year, and will be used as an actual tea room. Enjoy a highly original tea ceremony room space uniquely created by students.
“Toki no Ki”, the 2022 gold prize-winning submission
Hiroshima University & Graduate School (Yamashita Shotaro, Shen Ziyu, Inoue Ryuya, Okamoto Itsuki)
The winner will receive a teacup
originally designed by Dinaone
|Thursday, October 26 - Monday, October 30|
|Location||Ginza Mitsukoshi 9F Ginza Terrace|
(until 18:00 on the 30th)
|Partners||Architectural Institute of Japan, Ginza Mitsukoshi|
The following tea rooms will be used for tea ceremony. The details are as follows.
●Saturday, October 28: Enshu-ryu Sado
13:00 / 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:30
●Sunday, October 29: Omotesenke
13:00 / 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:30 / 15:00 /15:30
*Tea ceremony tickets will be distributed based on lottery results following an online pre-registration period.
At this event on October 29, guests will be served a Ginchakai original confection, Kuri Hiroi from HIGASHIYA GINZA.
The Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) will hold an exhibit again this year in Ginza Itoya. The HandShake Lounge that is the venue for the exhibit will display and sell design pieces by faculty and students from the Department of Crafts. Please enjoy the unique space that has been created here and the individuality of the utensils. The pieces displayed will be used on Sunday, October 29 in the Ginchakai tea ceremony (4 Urasenke Usucha-seki).
|Thursday, October 26 - Monday, October 30|
|Location||Ginza Itoya, G.Itoya 10F HandShake Lounge|
|Works||Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Crafts|
|Artists||Students & teachers from the Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Crafts|
|Organizers||Ginza Street Association, Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Crafts|
|Sponsor||Geidai Friends Subsidy Grant Program|
Isamu Shiina pottery
title:Ash glaze tea bowl with circle design in platinum and silver
Keiya Hashimoto Textile
Techniques:Fulling treatment/Original techniques
Nobuyuki Fujiwara Glass art
title:Suminagashi pattern tea bowl
Saji Mariko Casting
title:teakettle (tea ceremony)"Fruit of the Light Thread"
*Items shown are reference works. Exhibited works are available for purchase (excluding some works).
|Metal chasing||MAEDA Hirotomi|
|Casting||TANIOKA Yasunori, SAEGUSA Kazumasa, KENMOKU Mika, KIM Hyojin|
|Lacquer||OGURA Norihiko, AOKI Kodo, TANAKADATE Ami, ARAI Hiroki, ITO Minako|
|Ceramics||MIKAMI Ryo, SHIINA Isamu, TANAKA Takashi, SHIGETA Masafumi, TAKAHASHI Yuko, NAKAJIMA Yuri|
|Textile||HASHIMOTO Keiya, YAMADA Nanako, ZHU Yishu, OKODA Mayuko, CHIDA Hanako|
|FUJIWARA Nobuyuki, NAKAUCHI Akinori, OKUDA Yasuo, KOISHI Takahiro, Kim DOHYEON|
|Handicrafts||SAJI Mariko, MITSUKA Takahito, ISHII Jun, SHIMOJOH Akira|
|CHANG Lulu, WALLER Kami, HITOMI Toshiko|
|FUJITSUKA Mayuko, GUAN Shibao, KONISHI Yuka, MORI Kiyoka, HAYATA Yuka, KADOKURA Kazuki, MIASA Yuu, OGURA Misaki, FUJIWARA Miya, NODA Hiromu|
|SAWA Yuuki, SHIGETOMI Ayaka, KOJIMA Kaori, HONMA Sun, OZAWA Karin, NAMIOKA Yori, KAJIWARA Yasuki, GOTO Natsuki, SUZUKI Mahiro, TAKAHASI Suzuka|
|IWASITA Minori, SHIRAISHI Mako, NOMURA Shunsuke, OTA Miku, NISHINAGA Nana, YANO Naaya|
|KUROTORI Kaori, INAI Kozue, TURUOKA Huyuna, KANEKO Takumi, MURATA Fuko, YOKOMIZO Tomomi, TOZAWA Madoka|
|ITMARU You, HUKUDA Moe, MAGAI Ayari, NISHIHARA Fumihiko, ISOU Syouhei|
|LIU Shu Yu|
|XIE JINGEWEN, KUO Kuolung, TAORIGE Sarina|
Matcha-based sweets and a variety of teas that are currently generating a buzz can be found all in one place at Ginza Mitsukoshi! Limited-edition sweets that pair well with tea will also be available.
This exhibition offers a collection of richly designed tea utensils created by ceramic, woodcraft, and bamboo artisans.
A variety of tea utensils for enjoying Japanese and Chinese teas will also be on display.
This year too, students of the University of Tokyo Sencha Association will introduce guests to the charms of the Sencha-do tea ceremony. That day you can see a rarely seen Sencha-do tea ceremony using a tea service table and chair set.
Tea makers and Japanese tea ambassadors will be serving “Ban-no-cha” of numerous varieties that are beloved throughout the various regions of Japan.
Some varieties of Bancha tea will be exhibited in the Tokyo metro area for the first time, so please taste-test as many teas as you wish in order to find “your Bancha”.
List of Exhibitors
Umeda Tea (Umeda Tea Production Association, Gunma), Goishi Tea (Otoyo Town, Kochi), Tenpiboshi Bancha Tea (kaheehonpo・Nara), Mimasaka Bancha Tea (Kaita Green Kurosaka Seicha & Kobayashi Hokoen, Okayama), Kamairi Bancha Tea (Danouen, Shizuoka), Nanbu Tea (Yamanashi Prefecture Tea Promotion Council, Yamanashi), Sannen Bancha Tea (Miyazaki Sabo, Miyazaki), Bancha Bottling Tea (Marushichi Seicha, Shizuoka), Bancha From Okushizu (Shizunowa/Shizuoka), BANCHA de OMUSUBI (warai musubi ∞), Milk(National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH))
The famous Kyoto tea maker Fukujuen will have their own special booth. Matcha tea will be given to the first 300 visitors to the booth.
Enjoy autumn in Japan with delicious tea.
Ito En Tea Tasters with great tea knowledge and experience will give visitors delicious tea brewed in a teapot.
There are different key points for making delicious, fragrant tea for each type. The tea you usually drink without a second thought becomes even tastier depending on how it is served. Ito En Tea Tasters will share tips on how you can make even more delicious tea.