The SENSHIN-KAI Association was formed on the initiative of the Japanese tea teacher Etsuko Yamaguchi, who disseminated her country’s culture all around the world over a period of four decades, including on her numerous visits to Poland. Krakow attracted her particular attention, and her collaboration with the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology led to the formation of a group holding regular practice sessions in 2001. In 2007 the Association was formally recognized as part of the Chadō Tankōkai, within the structure of the Urasenke School of Tea. We owe it to Professor Yamaguchi’s efforts that tea workshops are held on a regular basis to this day and her Polish students can continue their education in a special course for foreigners at the Urasenke School in Kyoto.
Professor Etsuko Yamaguchi passed away on 14 December 2017, at the age of 89. Since 2017 the students of the Krakow branch of the Urasenke School have been tutored by Professor Michiru Sugimoto.
The name of the Association – senshin – translates as ‘pure heart’, a hart free from the cares of the everyday world, filled with the peace that we attain by sharing a bowl of tea with our friends; a heart open to people, breaking through the barriers of language, culture, time and distance. Chanoyu (literally ‘boiling water for tea’) combines various elements of Japanese art – calligraphy, floral arrangement, ceramics, architecture and poetry. It teaches patience, persistence, and cooperation skills, as well as good manners and host-guest etiquette. The still living and developing culture, or ‘way of tea’ (chadō), changes our way of perceiving the world and enables us to make time to rest from the labours of everyday.
Come to our quarterly tea meetings to enjoy a tea ceremony and lectures on this centuries-old tradition.