TEA DAY | お茶の日

Celebrate the culture of the wide world of tea at Morikami! Tea Day includes tea tasting, storytelling for the family, and Tea Talks—a lecture series with green tea experts Candice Kumai and ITO EN’s Rona Tison.


Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Time: 1:00pm
Price: $10 (members $7)
Advance registration required

For the Love of Matcha: The Art of Japanese Wellness with Candice Kumai
Tea has a rich culture and history in Japan, especially, our beloved, matcha (powdered green tea) which is associated with traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Wellness journalist, Iron Chef Judge, best-selling author and leading clean eating chef, Candice Kumai, takes us through the fascinating history of matcha and its various uses from the past to the present. Acquire more knowledge, and be inspired by Candice as you learn of the benefits of matcha and how to incorporate it into your everyday life! A book signing will follow the lecture.

Discover Japanese Green Teas with ITO EN’s Rona Tison
Experience the expansive world of Japanese teas and its intrinsic taste profiles and complexities, with Rona Tison of ITO EN, the world’s premier leaders in green tea. From the centuries old traditions to the modern use of trendy matcha green teas, learn proper preparation and why Japanese teas are gaining global recognition for its celebrated umami tastes.

A book signing and Q&A with the audience will follow the lectures.


Tea Marketplace
Time: 10:00am–4:30pm
Price: FREE with paid museum admission
Learn, shop, and taste! Enjoy the different flavors and brews of tea by a variety of vendors, including: ITO EN, Boba Station, Spice Lab, and Cottage Garden Teas!

Demonstration of Sado: The Way of Tea
Time: 12:00pm, 1:30pm, & 3:00pm
Price: $5 with paid museum admission
Observe Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.
Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For more information please call 561-233-1367.

“Magic Tea Kettle” Kamishibai Storytelling & Craft Activity
Time: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, & 2:00pm
Price: FREE with paid museum admission
Kamishibai literally means “paper theater” and is said to have started in Japan in the early 1900s. It is still part of a long tradition of picture storytelling. Tea Day’s story is a Japanese folktale about a magical tanuki (raccoon dog), his new friend, and the making of their friendship. A craft activity will follow the reading!

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