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Discover the Art of Matcha: JLS Workshop for Enjoying Matcha at Home!

  • 11 Aug 2023
  • 18 Aug 2023
  • 3 sessions
  • 11 Aug 2023, 5:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • 15 Aug 2023, 5:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • 18 Aug 2023, 5:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom
  • 4


Matcha, the traditional green tea used in Japanese tea ceremonies, has gained popularity among those who appreciate healthy drinks and matcha-flavored treats like chocolate, cupcakes, and ice cream.

While many believe that experiencing the art of making green tea is only possible in an authentic tea room, you can actually enjoy matcha at home with minimal utensils!

Join our workshop to learn how to make matcha green tea and develop a deeper understanding of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Language: Japanese

Recommended for intermediate-level students or those with a basic understanding of Japanese.

Basic explanations will be given in Japanese, with slides provided in both Japanese and English. Difficult concepts will be supplemented in English.

Schedule/ Date:

  1. Friday, August 11, 5:30-6:30 PM
  2. Tuesday, August 15, 5:30-6:30 PM
  3. Friday, August 18, 5:30-6:30 PM

*(All times are Eastern Standard Time)

Location: ZOOM

Maximum number of students: 4-8 Minimum number of students to start the class is 4. 

*Zoom link will be sent to you before the class

Teaching method:

  • Using the online ZOOM, our instructor will guide you through the art of the tea ceremony and matcha and teach you how to make matcha at home.

Students will:

  • Acquire a fundamental knowledge of the tea ceremony 
  • Learn how to enjoy matcha at home 

Lesson Fee:

$75.00 for members / $90.00 for non-members

*Please visit the Japan-America Society of America website for membership information.

Deadline: Thursday, August 3, 2023

Lesson 1 - What is the tea ceremony? (茶道とは)

  • History of tea ceremony
  • Introduction of tea utensils
  • How to enjoy matcha at home

Lesson 2 - What are Japanese sweets? (和菓子とは)

  • Two main types of Japanese sweets
  • Seasonal Japanese sweets
  • How to have Japanese sweets and tea in a formal way

Lesson 3 - What is matcha? (抹茶とは)

  • Differences between green tea and matcha
  • Tea bowls for matcha
  • How to make famous matcha drinks

What participants will need:

We kindly ask participants to have the following items ready before the class to have a full matcha experience, as you cannot prepare tea without them. If you prefer to just listen to the lecture to learn about the Art of Matcha, you may not have to prepare these items.

(Items required to make matcha tea at home)

  • Bamboo whisk, 茶筅=ちゃせん
  • Matcha, 抹茶=まっちゃ





  • Hot water (200 ml), お湯 200ml程度
  • Tea strainer, 茶漉し=ちゃこし
  • Tea bowl, 抹茶碗=まっちゃわん(or cafe au lait bowl
  • Tea scoop, 茶杓=ちゃしゃく(or teaspoon


  • Japanese sweets, 和菓子=わがし(or sweet snacks like cookies and chocolate
  • A packet of paper, 懐紙=かいし(or a small dish/tray to put on sweets

Note: After the deadline, we will contact you to let you know if the workshop will be held. We recommend that you purchase the above-mentioned items after we send you the class confirmation to complete matcha experience.

Sweets and packet of paper (Kaishi) (or a small dish/tray to put on sweets) are optional for those who want to enjoy sweets with Matcha during the workshop.

講師の紹介 - Instructor

Hisami Kimoto(木本 寿美 先生) has been an instructor at the Japan-America Society of Washington DC Japanese Language School since 2022. Prior to that, she taught Japanese Language and Culture, among other subjects, at a Japanese private girls’ high school and international schools in Tokyo for over 20 years.

Ms. Kimoto was born in Sendai, raised in Osaka and Tokyo, and has lived in Tokyo for more than 30 years. She enjoys appreciating Japanese cultures, such as tea ceremonies, flower arrangements, and calligraphy. She belongs to Urasenke, one of the leading schools of the Japanese tea ceremony, and practices mindfulness to recover her authentic self.

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