Senshin'an - Japanese Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion 洗心庵

Washington and Lee University's new Japanese Tea Room was named Senshin'an 洗心庵 "Clearing-the-Mind Abode" by Sen Genshitsu, 15th-generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea. This architectural treasure was built in the Watson Pavilion on campus, where it serves as a classroom laboratory for the study of Chanoyu 茶の湯, or the Way of Tea, and a center for cultural activities relating to the arts of Japan.

The Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion are open Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM. Please proceed to the Reeves Center (located directly in front of the Watson Pavilion), if the Watson Pavilion is locked. Please call ahead to confirm the hours of the Watson Pavilion. Tel. 540-458-8476.

W&L students, who are interested in taking the LIT course on "Food and Tea in Japan," should contact Professor Ikeda at

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Accepted Students Day 2014

Accepted Students: Stop by the Tearoom to talk about the Japanese Program and have a sweet bowl of tea!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Girl's Day Tea

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some green - green tea! In celebration of both St. Patrick's Day and the Japanese Holiday "Girl's Day," we will be hosting a Public Tea this Saturday!

Friday, November 08, 2013

Follow the Green Balloons

You’re sitting in Leyburn. It’s 6pm. You’re already exhausted. You need a pick-me-up. Coop is going to be mobbed. LexCo is closed. Pronto is outside (and it’s too cold for that). Hit up the Japanese Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion for a quick relaxation break and some free Japanese Green Tea (aka some quick caffeine).