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My day for questions, I guess.

Lovely #1 daughter has expressed an interest, beyond Japanese anime and those graphic novels the size of telephone books, in learning about tea and also tea ceremony.etiquette and presentation.

I remember attending a tea ceremony at the Japanese pavilion in Balboa Park, but that was many moons ago (she says coyly) and I have no idea where to start looking in this current time.

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  1. You may want to contact the Urasenke Group in San Diego:

    Urasenke San Diego Association, CA
    4691 Leathers St.
    San Diego, CA 92117
    Phone: (858)272-5426 Email: urasenkesd@hotmail.com

    I believe the instructor is Soshin Saito.

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    1. re: phee

      Thank you so much! Big :)

    2. I believe the Japanese Tea Garden has classes.

      1. Okay, I know it's against our Chowhound religion to reference the site that rhymes with "kelp," but it does have a decent compressive list of the various Tea rooms in the county. I'm sure they vary from "proper" to a casual hang out place, but it's a starting point.

        1. To stock up on consumables and equipment:
          https://www.teagallerie.com/specialty...

          ^^They're in the off-Convoy/near 805 area, and also some farmers markets, iirc.

          1. You might try: Point Loma Tea at Liberty Station, 2770 Historic Decatur Rd, Barracks 14, Suite 104 (near the Stone Brewery).

            1. Tea upon Chatsworth used to bring in people from all over the country to speak on these subjects. Check their website. They also have wonderful food, all fresh and made on site, and a great variety of tea.

              1. Please don't flame me, but I reallly enjoyed the tea I got from Teavana. I have never been to the ones in SD, but I went to one up in LA and they had a huge selection. Yes they are part of the Starbucks empire, but since I don't drink coffee and I haven't set foot in a Starbucks for 10+ years, I don't have any built up animosity towards them.

                1. GJ...pose your question on SDChow where cgfan hangs out. He is very knowledgeable about the Japanese community here locally and unless I miss my guess, he will probably have some suggestions for you