Japanese tea ceremony has been part of Philadelphia’s culture since the 1876 Centennial Exposition. In modern times, Shofuso is the home of the Urasenke Philadelphia tea school, which conducts lessons and public tea demonstrations and was founded by the late Brother Joseph Keenan (1932-1999), a member of the Christian Brothers Catholic teaching order and a professor at La Salle University. Brother Keenan saw parallels between Japanese tea ceremony and the Eucharist of the Catholic mass. He began to research the connections between the two rituals, which led him to starting taking lessons in Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu. We honor Brother Keenan’s commitment to Japanese tea ceremony in this first-ever exhibit adapted from his talk delivered in Kyoto, Japan, October, 1990.
This limited exhibition will take place at Shofuso and is included with regular admission.