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A journey of tea ceremony


If workshop are fills up, please register here. When places become available and new dates are set, I will let you know ahead of time.



Would you like to create your own teapots set for your ceremony?

You will be guided step by step to make your own teapot with Japanese traditional wooden mould.

You hold your own teacups filled with warm tea from your handmade teapot.

One day workshop 

What you get is: To create a teapot and two cups. And Japanese vegetarian lunch.

  • Japanese homemade Vegetarian lunch will be served during workshop. The recipe of this lunch is created based on the idea of Yakuzen and macrobiotic (Seasonal cuisines presented by Japanese nutrition and Reiki master Rumi Kobayashi).

  • Tea, coffee and are included.

  • Material , firing and glazing are included.



Time  10:30-16:00​

One day Kigata Banko Ceramic Workshop

Date ​

  • 29th September Friday 2023 10:30-15:30  Book

  • 6th October Friday 2023 10:30-15:30  Book

  • 14th October Saturday 2023 10:30-15:30 Book

  • 3rd November Friday 2023 10:30-15:30 Book

  • 19th November Sunday 2023 10:30-15:30 Book

  • 1st December Friday 2023 10:30-15:30 Book

Place: Overscheenseweg 5, Naarden​


Botanical garden Pinetum Blijdenstein

Botanical Garden The Pinetum puts on an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. A contemplative ritual in silence, where Haruka Matsuo performs the actions that precede drinking the green Gyokuro tea and eating a traditional Japanese delicacy.

Time & Location
21 May, 15:00 - 16:30 (Fully booked)

24 June, 13:00 - 14:30 

24 June, 15:00-16:30 (1ticket left)

Botanical garden Pinetum Blijdenstein, Van der Lindenlaan 125, 1217 PK Hilversum, Netherlands

About the event
The botanic garden het Pinetum will be the setting for an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. A contemplative ritual in silence, in which Haruka Matsuo performs the actions that precede drinking the green Gyokuro tea and eating a traditional Japanese sweets.


The tea utensils were created by her herself according to age-old traditions. Some of it even used the yellow earth of the Pinetum. An old Japanese master of ceramics taught her to make teapots with wooden moulds.


"during the ceremony, time seems to disappear. You do the process for yourself but share it with the spectators. "

The whole ceremony lasts about an hour and a half.

The price is 18 euros,- including the tea, Japanese sweets and entrance to the garden. For donors, the price is 15 euro.


Workshop Ziel op Aarde en Papier 2023

Traditioneel Japans inkt-schilderen Sumi-e op papier en aarde, in combinatie met een en traditionele thee ceremonie

Workshop Ziel op Aarde en Papier bestaande uit een unieke combinatie van Sumi-e [traditioneel Japans inktschilderen] geleid door Mieke Bouwens en een traditionele Japanse theeceremonie verzorgd door Haruka Matsuo. De workshop sluiten we af met een lichte Japanse maaltijd.

Japanse theeceremonie is een traditie waarin het theedrinken verheven is tot een ware kunstvorm.


Tijdens de ceremonie gaat het niet enkel om het drinken van de thee, maar om het hele proces: de schoonheid van het ritueel; het zo mindful en bewust mogelijk bereiden en drinken van de thee vanuit het hart. Het is een oefening in het hier en nu zijn.

Sumi-e staat voor penseelschilderen met zwarte inkt op rijstpapier. De oorsprong van Sumi-e is gelegen in het Zenboeddhisme en de kalligrafie. Het meditatief karakter van deze schilderkunst laat je ervaren dat het niet zozeer om het resultaat gaat, maar om de weg, het proces.


16 september 2023 zaterdag (10:30-16:00)FULL (sign up waiting list)

10:30-10:45 welkom 
10:45-11:00 inleiding 
11:00-11:30 lezingen (Mieke)
11:30-12:15 Sumi e
12:15-13:00 lunch (lezingen Rumi over Japans veganistisch eten)
13:00-13:15 pauze/opruimen 
13:15-14:00 theeceremonie 
14:00-15:30 Sumie & kalligrafie
15:30-16:00 evaluatie 

Plaats:  Yell & Yonkers

Ruwenbergstraat 1
5271 AG Sint-Michielsgestel

Prijs: 135 euro 

Workshop Ziel op Aarde en Papier



Special workshop "A journey of tea ceremony" for the Kigata Banko tea pot holders who made your own teapot.

You joined my Kigata Banko Teapot workshop and created brilliant Green tea teapot and cups set. 


I would love to share the experience making Gyokuro tea with your teapot following Japanese traditional tea ceremony Oubakubaisa Ryu.


You follow my contemplate tea ceremony, step by step using your own teapot.

We share the Green tea time and enjoy Japanese sweets with tranquilly moment.


I had a great moment spending with you during Kigata Banko teapot workshop.

It would be nice to meet again and share the teatime with another tea loves and workshop takers.

I will arrange tea ceremony workshop where you can experience making gyokuro with your own kyusu and teacups.


Date: (still in planning) 

Time: 13:30-15:30

What to bring: Your own teapot and teacups which you made during Kigata Banko workshop 


Kigata Banko Yaki was invented 190 years ago by Japanese craft artist Yusetsu Mori (1808-1882). He applied a puzzled wooden mold technique to teapot-making for green tea ceremonies. After the teapot is shaped, the wooden mold can be cleverly deconstructed and removed from inside. This technique allows the teapots to keep the warm handmade feel while being very thin and light, perfectly suitable for preparing green tea.

Japanese artist Haruka Matsuo graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts and Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam. Having studied under Seigetsu Iriyama (1922-2014), Haruka is the 9th successor of Kigata Banko Yaki technique. She adds elements from her own artworks into each tea set giving them a light and modern look.

Meanwhile the molds that these tea sets are made with, are over 120 years old.

The beauty of ritual; preparing and drinking the tea as mindfully and consciously as possible from the heart. It is an exercise in being here and now.

KIGATA BANKO - Japanese teapot for green tea, made with puzzled wooden mold.
In Japan, people barely know “Kigata Bankoyaki” is one of the rare technique to produce teapots using wooden molds discovered in my home town Yokkaichi.
We use thin pressed clay to wrap around this puzzled wooden mold. And we make the shape of a teapot. After the manufacturing process, only few people make this teapot in Yokkaichi.