Ocha Zanmai: International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 8:45 am to 6:00 pm
Photo of Japanese food plate
Chanoyu refers to the "way of tea" and recognizes the tea ceremony as a comprehensive form of art, hospitality and spiritual pursuit. This conference's theme is "Food Culture of Chanoyu: Tea, Confections and Kaiseki Cuisine." $20 (students) - $65 (general).
Humanities Building
Midori McKeon
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Guest speakers

  • Paul Ganir, Stanford University
  • Robert Hackman, University of California, Davis
  • Tamaki Yano, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Larry Tiscornia, Chado Urasenke Tankokai SF Association
  • Kentaro Tsuda, owner of Restaurant Chikuyotei, Tokyo, with Chef Yuji Ogino from Chikuyotei at Nishinomiya and Chef Masayoshi Yamashita from Chikuyotei at Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka
  • Sayoko Sugiyama, confectioner for Okashimaru, Kyoto, Japan

During the lunch recess, confectioner Sayoko Sugiyama will serve her homemade “metal fruit,” served with a bowl of matcha green tea from Ito Ryuoen Cha Ho, Kyoto, Japan.

Previous Ocha Zanmai conferences at SF State have attracted hundreds of attendees — scholars, practitioners and the curious — from the U.S. and abroad.

Midori McKeon, a professor of Japanese language and literature at San Francisco State University, is conference chair and organizer.


  • College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture
  • Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Photo by Larry Tiscornia