BDK America Announces Schedule, Provides Flyer for Download, for Latest Tea Workshops

Our popular workshops in the Way of Tea continue through the fall and winter months, conducted at our Berkeley location.

We are happy to announce two collections of workshops.

  • Our Ongoing Tea Workshops. Learn more about the workshops below.
  • Tea Workshops Designed Especially for Parent and Child. See here for more information

Discovering the Way of Tea 


  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:00 – 3:30
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:00 – 3:30
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 1:00 – 3:30


Classe are held at BDK America's Berkeley facility, located at 2620 Warring Street. 


Yufuko Kurioka and David Galbraith, co-founders of No Gate Tea. 

To Register

Please contact Yufuko Kurioka at  nogatetea at or care of the No Gate Tea Faceook page.

Tea Ceremony

Chado, or the Way of Tea, centers on the tea ceremony, a 500-year-old practice concerned with the cultivation of focus, respect and mindfulness. 

No Gate Tea

The purpose of No-gate Tea is to bring this practice to a general audience in a relaxed manner.

The Workshops

These introductory workshops consist of lectures and practice sessions in the Japanese Way of Tea. Each workshop will begin with flower arrangements tutorial to be followed by a short presentation and a demonstration of the Japanese Way of Tea. No experience is needed. During the demonstration, under a guiding hand, you will practice a simplified manner of tea service that will show you both how to serve tea and how to be a guest at the tea ceremony. The lectures will provide participants with a background in the history, culture, refinement and tradition of the classical Japanese tea ceremony. Each workshop emphasizes a different aspect of practice.

The workshops are conducted on chairs and tables rather than on the floor. Beautiful seasonal tea sweets and matcha will be served.


The tuition for each workshop is $30. (A starter’s kit is available.)

Downloadable Flyer

Click here for a flyer (in PDF format) to print or save: 

Discovering the Way of Tea - 2016 Fall and Winter Workshops

Additional Information about Kurioka Sensei

Kurioka Sensei teaches Japanese language at Diablo Valley College and has provided tea instruction throughout the greater Bay area. Born in Osaka she was raised in the countryside. "I grew up watching my mother practicing the tea ceremony a couple days a week," she says. After college studies in Japanese history and the finer points of tea, she was invited to come to this country to teach Japanese culture and language. She has taught Japanese language and culture — and the Way of Tea — at many of the educational and cultural institutions around the Bay Area. Now with the cofounding of the Now Gate Tea School, she brings the peace and calm of the tea ceremony has to a wider audience than ever before.