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.  For the hours of the Watson Pavilion, contact the Reeves Center.

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.


Mr. Toshio OHI to speak at W&L

Mr. Toshio OHI, 11th-generation descendant of the illustrious Ohi family of potters in the city of Kanazawa, will be giving a talk at Washington and Lee University on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 10 am-11 am in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library. The title of his talk is The Cultural Importance of the Tea Bowl, A Venerated Tradition in Japan.

Alumni Children’s Tea Ceremony Sessions

Children of Alumni, please join us Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Senshin’an Tearoom in the Watson Pavilion for a session on the Japanese Tea Ceremony: 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am. These will be 30-minute sessions specifically designed for children to learn and participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.