Japanese Tea Ceremony with SaBi Tea Arts

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Japanese Tea Ceremony with SaBi Tea Arts

May 13, 2023 @ 1:00 PM 4:30 PM


Join us as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month with an intimate Japanese tea ceremony in the Roedde House parlour, presented by Maiko Behr of SaBi Tea Arts

We will be holding two sessions on Saturday May 13th: one starting 1:00 pm and one starting at 3:00 pm. There will be a maximum of 10 participants in each session.

Although the practice of preparing tea for guests integrating Zen aesthetics and following carefully prescribed movements and protocols dates back more than 450 years, the forms are constantly evolving to suit the times. Using a modern-era tea table to prepare and serve the traditional matcha tea, Maiko will provide an introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony but with particular attention to the period of the encounter between East and West at the turn of the 20th century, contemporary with Roedde House. Step back in time with us for a glimpse at this interesting historical moment when traditional arts were adapting to the modern world.

Matcha (stone-milled green tea) and a traditional Japanese sweet will be served. Sweets may contain beans, sugar, rice powder, and agar jelly. If you have dietary concerns, please contact us in advance. Due to the nature of the program, substitutions may not be possible.


Maiko Behr is owner and manager of SaBi Tea Arts, a space for experiencing and learning about Japanese tea tradition and related arts in Vancouver’s Dunbar neighbourhood. Maiko began her journey in the study of Japanese tea ceremony more than thirty years ago and has been a certified instructor in the Omotesenke tradition of Japanese tea ceremony for ten years. She is also a certified instructor in the Senzan Goryū tradition of Japanese incense ceremony (kōdō). Maiko holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and has worked as a translator, curator, collections manager, and museum educator in the field of pre-modern Japanese art for over twenty years. Locally, she has presented lectures and cultural programs on various traditional Japanese arts through the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (Burnaby), Canadian Society for Asian Arts, UBC Department of Asian Studies, Vancouver International Tea Festival, and other organizations. She has also served on the board of Tomoe Arts Society since 2012 and currently serves as its Acting Executive Director.

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Important Info:

  • Ticket holders should arrive on time.
  • Capacity will be limited.
  • Limited street parking is available on Robson and in the West End. Parking spots are scarce in the neighbourhood, so give yourself some extra time or use public transportation. (Closest Skytrain station: Burrard. We are on the #5 Robson bus route). 

Roedde House Museum

1415 Barclay Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6 Canada
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