Coming Ikka Nakashima Tea Room at Japanese Culture Center


November 24, 2015 AIF Tea Room Fundraiser At Lagunitas Taproom

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The AIF will be holding the fundraiser on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Lagunitas Chicago Taproom, 2607 W. 17th St., Chicago, IL 60608. The Lagunitas Brewing Company is one of Chicago’s premier brewers of craft beer and ale, and their taprooms are an experience in themselves. From 5:30 until 8:30, supporters will be able to experience some of the best beer and ale their money can buy. Antique Taco will cater food. Net proceeds of the fundraiser will go to build the first active Japanese Tea House for study of the Japanese arts in Chicago, inside the Japanese Culture Center. Currently there are no Tea Houses in the Chicago area and very few instructors.

The tea house is being named in honor of Japan’s national treasure Ikka Nakashima Sensei.  The Emperor of Japan personally presented her with ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays’ award in Tokyo for her tireless service in promoting and teaching the Japanese arts and culture in Ikebana (flower arranging) and Chanoyu (tea service).  She was the second woman ever to receive the highest honor given outside the Japanese Imperial family. The Japanese Culture Center, along with the Aikido International Foundation, have been endowed with Ikka Nakashima Sensei’s tea service sets to be used and to honor her by carrying on her teachings.

The “Ikka Nakashima Sensei Tea House” will showcase the Nakashima Collection of antique pots and ceramic items for Tea Ceremony and holder for Ikebana. It will be a place where students can not only watch the tea ceremony but also take part and learn the precise movements and artistry of this ancient practice, this amazing cultural ceremony also involves the art of Japanese Calligraphy, Ikebana (flower arranging) and wearing beautifully crafted kimonos. Once built the Tea House will be used to help grow future generations of Tea Ceremony practitioners and instructors, thus preserving this ancient Japanese art. This will be the only place in the Midwest with a dedicated Tea Room available to the public. Students at the Japanese Culture Center will be able to practice Tea Ceremony in an appropriate and beautiful setting. Designer/Builder Sensei Jim Grodzins designed the elegant and simplistic Tea Room, drawing on his experiences in Japan. The design features tatami mats, maple trim, sliding shoji doors, and calligraphy decorations.

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 AIF Sponsored Friendship Training March 21, 2015 at Tenshinkan Dojo

Aikido Association of America and Aikido of Harvard

Aikido Association of America and Aikido of Harvard (Capital Aikido Federation) Group Picture

Terry Leonard Sensei Dojo Cho of Aikido of Harvard working with Jim Grodzins Sensei of Tenshinkan Dojo