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. 540-458-8034.

W&L students, who are interested in taking the LIT course on "Food and Tea in Japan" should contact Professor Ikeda at  If you or your group is interested in scheduling a tea ceremony demonstration, please contact J. Ikeda at the email address above or Tel. 540-458-8936.


Public Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations

The Japanese Tea Room, Senshin'an, in the Watson Pavilion will be hosting an open house on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00pm-3:30pm. Students will be doing tea ceremony demonstrations on the half hour. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Janet Ikeda,

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations

Observe a traditional Tea Ceremony by W&L students and enjoy a sweet and a bowl of green tea, Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00am-Noon, come and go as you like

Girl's Day Tea

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some green tea, Japanese sweets, and a performance of the Japanese Tea Ceremony on Saturday, March 15, 2014, beginning at 2:00pm