BDK America Offers Japanese Cultural Classes in Moraga

MORAGA, Calif. — Jan. 27. 2016. BDK America welcomes individuals interested in learning the Japanese Way of Tea (Chado) or the Japanese Art of Flower Arranging (Ikebana) to ongoing classes offered at its Moraga offices. BDK America is located at 1675 School Street, Moraga, California.

Both classes are designed to bring meaningul growth for beginning students, and students may join in easily into either class. 

Learn the Japanese Way of Tea

BDK America announces two sessions of classes to learn the Japanese Way of Tea under the guidance of an expert instructor, Yufuko Kurioka. Kurioka Sensei is cofounder of the No Gate Tea school. These classes meet at the BDK America location in Moraga on Wednesdays, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Session 1 (2016): Jan. 20, Jan.27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24.
Session 2 (2016): Mar. 16, Mar. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 6, Apr. 13, Apr. 20

Fee per class: $20.00
Instructor: Yufuko Kurioka (co-founder, No Gate Tea)

The first six-week course will provide participants with a background into the history, culture, refinement and tradition of the classic Japanese tea ceremony and how it can be incorporated into one’s contemporary enjoyment of preparing and drinking tea. Each weekly session will begin with a short presentation, followed by a demonstration of the Tea Ceremony. Then the participants will practice the Japanese Way of Tea under a guiding hand. Beautiful seasonal Japanese tea sweets and macha from Japan will be served. You will need to spend about $100 on your tea utensils.

About Kurioka Sensei and No Gate Tea

Kurioka Sense teaches Japanese language at Diablo Valley College and has provided tea instruction around the Bay area. She is the co-founder of the No Gate Tea approach to Chado. She was born in Osaka and 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 No Gate Tea, she brings the peace and calm of the tea ceremony to a wider audience than ever before.

For More Information or to Register

For more information about the classes or to SIGN UP, please contact Kurioka Sensei at 415-937-8260 or She will advise on the best date to join the ongoing classes.

Class Flyer 

Class Flyer for the Japanese Way of Tea

Learn Ikebana — The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging

BDK America announces Ikebana classes for all interested in learning this exquisite Japanese art, under the expert guidance of certified instructor Jane Suiei Naito of Ikebana Now.

Beginner Level Classes in Ikebana

Naito Sensei will offer beginner level classes in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Students will learn about the unique design principles of Sogetsu Ikebana, by creating their own arrangement in class and having it critiqued by Suiei Sensei. Students will learn about line, mass, dimension and asymmetry as well as techniques for successfully using a kenzan/pinfrog. Students will take home their arrangements to be recreated in their homes.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement

Classes will be held at the BDK America facilities at 1675 School Street, in Moraga, California. 

Class Schedule: Second and Fourth Thursdays of the Month

Classes start Thursday, January 14 and will continue on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Fee Structure

   One-Time Fees

  • Enrollment Fee, $20
  • Textbook, $25.

   Tuition per Class

  • Includes branches and flowers, $30.


  • Beginner kits (container and kenzan/pin frog), $100.
  • Ikebana hasami (Japanese scissors/shears), $30.

About Suiei Sensei and Ikebana Now

Suiei Sensei is certificated to teach the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Through Ikebana Now she provides classes throughout the greater Bay area. She represented the San Francisco Branch of Ikebana International at the 2011 Bouquets to Arts floral exhibit at the de Young Museum and has exhibited at numerous Ikebana International, Sogetsu’s ArtScape Flower Shows and Fioli's Mother's Day Flower Show. She has served on the Board of San Francisco Bay Area Branch of Ikebana International and currently serves as Treasurer of the Sogetsu San Francisco Bay Area Branch and is on the Sogetsu ArtScape Flower Show committee.

For More Information

For more information about the classes or to SIGN UP, please contact Suiei Sensei at 415-937-8260 or She will advise on the best date to join the ongoing classes.

Class Flyer

Cllass Fyer for Ikebana — The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging