BDK America Announces Special Tea Workshops for Parent and Child

Our popular workshops in the Way of Tea continue through the fall and winter months, conducted at our Berkeley location, including our first ever workshops focused on the relationship between parent and child.

Here is the latest information on our Way of Tea workshops.

Tea Workshop for Parent and Child

For the first time, a special set of workshops now exist to introduce the Way of Tea to parent and child. As with our other workshops in the Way of Tea contnue, the workshops are presented at our Berkeley location.

“We are very excited to present workshops that adapt the Way of Tea especially for parent and child,” says Yufuko Kurioka, of No Gate Tea.  “Serving and being served are the foundation of parent and child and any human relationships.”


  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:00– 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 9, 2017 3:00– 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:00– 5:00 p.m.


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 involving parent and child is $40 for the pair. (For individuals interested in obtaining tea implements for home use and practice, a starter’s kit is available.)

Downloadable Flyers

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

Discovering the Way of Tea for Parent and Child - 2016 Fall and Winter Workshops

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 No Gate Tea School, she brings the peace and calm of the tea ceremony has to a wider audience than ever before.