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Japanese Cultural Center Tea House and Gardens

Tea Ceremony

Awa SaginawAn was designed by renowned architect Mr. Tsutomu Takenaka and constructed in 1985 as a collaborative effort between the City of Saginaw and its sister city Tokushima, Japan. Its foundation rests part on American soil and part on Japanese soil. It is treasured as one of the most authentic tea houses in North America.

Our form of tea ceremony dates back in an unbroken lineage to 1600 AD.

Celebrants glide and kneel on the tatami (reed) mats in a disciplined manner that is simple and attractive, with no wasted motion.

Performing the tea ceremony fulfills our mission: "to promote intercultural understanding and peace through a bowl of tea."

Our trained docent explains the tea ceremony as well as how Japanese hand tools were employed to construct this sukiya (rustic) structure.

Tea Ceremonies are presented on the second Saturday of each month at 2:00 PM throughout the year (except for December). They are part of the Tea House tour which includes a cup of green tea and costs $3.00 per person. Please call for reservations: 989-759-1648.

Or call for a private ceremony scheduled especially for your group (mimimum of 10 persons) on a day of your choice at a cost of $8.00 per person. This private ceremony includes an oral presentation about the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Maccha Tea (powered green tea) and a Japanese sweet. Please call for reservations: 989-759-1648.