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Chado: the Way of Tea

RELEASE DATE: January 18, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Carlson-Prandini
(360) 778-7206


On Wednesday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m., in the Lecture Room of the Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom READS! and The Japan Foundation invite the community to a presentation on the Japanese Way of Tea.

"For the last five years, through the Whatcom READS! one book program, we've explored various cultural influences on our region," said Suzanne Carlson-Prandini, the library staff member coordinating this event. "This year we engage Japanese themes and ideals through the Japanese American characters in Snow Falling on Cedars, a novel set in the Pacific Northwest during World War II."

Presented by local teacher Shelley Thomas, this all-ages program provides a glimpse into the history and practice of Chadō. Chadō, the Way of Tea, is one of the Japanese ways of training (dō) and is centuries old. It includes almost every aspect of our daily lives and teaches us how to live in an artistic balance with fellow human beings and nature.

Former Urasenke Grand Master SEN Genshitsu writes, "Chadō, or the Way of Tea, is a comprehensive cultural practice that embraces the arts, religion, philosophy, social life -- virtually every aspect of life. A practice such as this is truly rare. The ideals underlying the Way of Tea are known in Japanese as Wa, Kei, Sei, Jaku. In English, these are Harmony, Respect, Purity, and Tranquility."

This event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through a grant from The Japan Foundation and is a part of Whatcom READS! 2013. For more about Whatcom READS!, visit For more information about this event, contact the Bellingham Public Library at 360-778-7323.


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