The 8th Ocha Zanmai: 2022 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture (4 Webinars)

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June 11, 2022 to July 2, 2022
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

 The College of Liberal & Creative Arts, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Japan Center at San Francisco State University present

The 8th Ocha Zanmai
2022 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture

Theme: "The Art of Display in Japanese Tea Tradition"

「茶の湯の飾り-- 室礼、床飾り」

Saturday June 11, 18, 25, and July 2

4 webinars (English translation is available for Japanese presentations)


  • Saturday, Jun 11, 6:00-8:00 pm / Japan Time: Sunday, June 12, 10:00 am-12:00 noon

"Zashiki kazari: Japanese Receptional Hall Display through the Lens of the Kundaikan sochoki"

Tamaki YANO, Professor Emeritus, Doshisha University


  • Saturday, June 18, 6:00-7:30 pm / Japan Time: Sunday, June 19, 10:00-11:30 am

"Tea Culture and the Politics of Display: From Sengoku Warlords to the Tokugawa Shoguns"

Morgan PITELKA, Professor and Chair, Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


  • Saturday, June 25, 6:00-7:30 pm / Japan Time: Sunday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am

"Listening to the Tokonoma: Word and Spirit"

Christy BARTLETT, Director, Urasenke Foundation San Francisco


  • Saturday, July 2, 6:00-8:00 pm / Japan Time: Sunday, July 3, 10:00 am-12:00 noon

"Zengo, Zen Mind: Understanding the Monk's Heart through Zen Phrases"

Ryushi TACHI, Lecturer, Faculty of Buddhism, Komazawa University


The webinar series is open to registrants only (after which recordings will be made available to all registrants for a limited period, planned for July). Ticket ($60 + $4 fees) includes all 4 webinars and a catch-up video viewing privilege.  There is no ticket for a single webinar.  Ticket sales will end at 4:30pm PDT on July 2nd. We will contact all registrants about the catch-up video viewing site after the conference as soon as we complete video editing.


You will receive a zoom link to gain access to the webinar series sent to your email 1 DAY prior to the first webinar date (June 11th) and 1 HOUR before each webinar. Make sure to check your spam, trash, and promotional sections in your email if you cannot find the link. You can email for any additional support.


Those who are interested in presenting or have a question, please contact Midori McKeon by email at The next year's conference (2023) will have no specific theme for the purpose of revisiting chanoyu and tea culture from a broad angle.  


Ocha Zanmai: San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture (SFICCTC) is an interdisciplinary conference series that presents the latest research findings and significant work in the study of chanoyu (the Japanese tea ceremony), including various aspects of chanoyu culture as well as tea cultures of countries other than Japan that contribute to furthering the understanding and enjoyment of chanoyu.  Scholars, researchers, tea masters of various schools, museum curators, professionals, artists, and other individuals whose work concerns the fields stated above are all welcome to present at SFICCTC. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply. 

Contact Info: 

Midori McKeon, Professor of Japanese, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, San Francisco StateUniversity, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA

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