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.


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.

W&L Chanoyu Tea Society hosts Women and Girl's Day Tea

Observe a traditional Tea Ceremony by W&L students and enjoy sweets and a bowl of green tea. Saturday, March 7, 2015; three seatings of 2:00,2:30 and 3:00. Tickets for this event are free, but required. Free tickets must be picked up at the Reeves Center between 9-4, Monday through Friday.