About Us

Our primary aim as a branch of the Urasenke Foundation is to promote the understanding and practice of Chado, also known as The Way of Tea, which boasts a rich history of over 400 years in Japan. We achieve this objective by organising lectures, demonstrations, and training sessions. The activities of our London branch are generously supported by the Tankokai UK Association.

Tankokai UK Association

Tankokai UK is formed mainly by practitioners of the Way of Tea. The UK Association activities started in 2009 with chado presentations in schools. In 2011, Tankokai UK was officially launched in London by Urasenke XV Grand Master Genshitsu Sen.
Tankokai associations can be found throughout the world, and members support Urasenke's activities in their communities while enhancing their knowledge of Chado through study groups and training. For further information, please contact us at tankoukai.uk@gmail.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!


At Urasenke UK's London branch, we take pride in offering keiko, which refers to the traditional Japanese practice or training, in the authentic style. Our doors are open to novices and experienced Chado practitioners alike. We provide classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Experienced practitioners are welcome to join our keiko at any time. For those at an advanced level, soden keiko sessions are arranged on selected dates. If you have any inquiries regarding keiko, please do not hesitate to contact us at ukchado@gmail.com.

Introduction to Chado

Come and join us at The British Museum for our monthly Chado presentations to learn about Japanese tea traditions and experience it firsthand. These sessions are open to the public free of charge with no registration required. Each presentation consists in a concise talk followed by matcha preparation lasting around 30 minutes. Where: Mitsubishi Galleries, 5th floor, rooms 92-94
When: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month
Time: 2pm and 3 pm
Check The British Museum website for future presentation dates and times

- Keiko Locations -

We offer keiko, which refers to traditional Japanese practice or training, at the following locations.

Urasenke London Branch

Contact: Miho Kimura
4 Langton Way, London, SE3 7TL

London Chado Group

Contact: Yasuhiro Yamaguchi
Central London (Covent Garden)

Berkshire Study Group

Contact: Sumie Takahashi
"Hawthorns", 15 Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3NR
+44 1628 823 876

Cambridge Group

Contact: Peter Cavaciuti
Central Cambridge

Edinburgh Group

Contact: Paul Schwerda
Edinburgh, Scotland

West Sussex Chado Group

Contact: Yuko Nishiwaki
Albourne Hassocks, West Sussex