Welcome to the homepage of Sōmu Shachū 宗夢社中, a branch of the Ueda Sōko Tradition of Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony). Our aim is to learn and transmit the timeless moral and aesthetic values of tea. Towards this aim, we emphasise making chanoyu practice accessible in a global context, while grounding our practice in the teachings of teaists Ueda Sōko and Furuta Oribe.
Simple things are often the most profound. Chanoyu structures everyday rituals like tea-drinking, flower arranging, food preparation and incense appreciation into a path of self-discovery. We welcome all people to this practice.
We conduct tea gatherings, lectures, workshops and explore the possibilities of tea ritual both as old and new art around the world. Alongside our core practice, we offer a wealth of information about the Ueda Sōko Ryū and related chanoyu culture to benefit the international tea community, researchers, historians, poets, philosophers and artists.
May the moral and aesthetic beauty of chanoyu influence and be influenced by other cultures, and grow as a global culture that furthers the arts, human understanding and peace.