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California - Northern

Asakichi Antiques & Arts
Japan Center
1730 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-2147

Offers some fine traditional Japanese tea utensils, powdered green tea, and standard antiques and art objects.
Imperial Tea Court
1411 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-6080
A fine tea room with rosewood paneling, dark furniture, and patterned green fabric on the walls. An excellent selection of Chinese teas is available and tea tasting is encouraged. Customers may select a simple tasting or a more formal one. On one of Chinatown's busy streets, the Imperial Tea Court offers a quiet respite where one may linger over a pot of specially brewed tea. The owners' display of unusual antique and recent teapots is an added attraction.
824 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-8860
A modern Japanese art gallery that also carries some tea utensils.
Japan Center
1737 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 922-9450

Offers some basic tea utensils for practice.
Tea Circle
8657 Lancaster Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 792-1946

An online resource featuring a full line of Japanese tea ceremony items including utensils and tea from Japan as well as fine ceramics made by Nothern California artists.

California - Southern

The Art of Tea L.L.C.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
The Art of Tea offers organic specialty teas from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Their blended teas are results of "an intensive care program that combines aesthetics with passion, flavor, and high quality control, hand crafted with care using only the most precious botanicals." Among these blends are White, Green, Oolong, Black, and Pu-erh teas. You can find out more about these teas by visiting their website.
Den's Tea, Inc.
2291 W. 205th St., Unit 101
Torrance, CA 90501
Toll free: 1-877-DENSTEA

Imported directly from their factory in Shijuoka, Japan, Den's Tea offers not only powdered tea, but good qualities of brewed tea as well, including Sencha. Also available are various utensils such as tea pots, bowls, and cups. Ask for their brochure.
118 Japanese Village Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 628-6514

Specializes in traditional Japanese tea sweets.
Ten Ren Tea Company
727 N Broadway #136
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-8844

Stocks a variety of fine Chinese and Taiwanese teas and some utensils. Brochures are available.

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1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Unit 2250
Honolulu, HI 95814
(808) 973-9111

This store features a variety of Japanese goods, including kitchenware, food, and some traditional tea items. Green tea is available, although the quality of powdered tea is questionable.

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Matcha and More, Inc.
4901 W. Warwick Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
Toll Free: (877) 534-0505
A variety of good powdered tea (matcha) is available as well as utensils for Chado, accessories, and books on Chado. Visit their website for more information
Tea Gschwendner
1160 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 932-0639
Good source for quality tea including green tea and accessories
Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Co.
2247 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-1171

Fine teas from China and Taiwan are available. Here, tea tasting is offered at the rear of the store, and free courses in tea tasting are given. Contemporary teaware is on display. You may also buy Taiwanese tea sets, which include tiny teapots.

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Upton Tea Imports
231 South Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
(800) 234-8327

Sellers of teas from India, China, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Formosa, and Japan, as well as teaware, including Chatford Bone China teapots and accessories. Their catalog fully describes the fine variety of teas they carry.

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New Jersey

Minamoto Kitchoan
Mitsuwa Market Place
595 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
(201) 313-9335

Offers a variety of Japanese sweets from traditional culinary arts. Minamoto Kitchoan's desserts also reflect new ideas resulting in a creative series of fruit-based, eye-catching, beautiful seasonal confections.

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New York

Dean & Deluca
560 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(800) 221-7714

In addition to offering teas, this place is also a source for Japanese tea whisks and teapots.

Felissimo Tea Room
10 W 56th Room
New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-247-5656

On the top floor of a limestone townhouse-turned-shop, this tea room and art gallery offers tea in tiny stoneware pots, with handleless cups, for those wanting a rest from New York's busy streets. Delicious sandwiches and desserts are available with afternoon tea. One of the specialities is Osenbei cookies. The tea room may be reserved for special gatherings and receptions. The Felissimo also offers a tea kit for those interested in Chado, the Way of Tea. This kit comes with Okakura Kakuzo's "The Book of Tea" and includes a ceramic tea bowl, bamboo whisk, tea scoop, linen cloth, powdered green tea, and sugar candies, in a kiri wood box.
Grace Tea Company, Ltd.
175 5th Ave. #810
New York, NY 10010
(212) 255-2935

Sells excellent rare teas, among them Superb Darjeeling 6000, Winey Keemun English Breakfast, Formosa Oolong Supreme, Before the Rain Jasmine, and Gunpowder Pearl Pinhead Green. The Grace Tea Company, a family business, states that it "hand-blends and hand-picks" its teas.

Ito En New York
822 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Ito En Tea Store:
(212) 988-7111
Kai Restaurant:
(212) 988-7277

This delightful tea store and restaurant is tucked way in the midst of busy Manhattan. It offers a fine selection of teas, teaware, wonderful kaiseki food, as well as an opportunity to taste matcha, powdered green tea.
Jade Garden Arts & Crafts Company
76 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 587-5685

Among its many arts and crafts, this Chinese store offers an excellent selection of Yixing teapots and diminutive bowls.
Kelley and Ping
127 Greene Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-1212
The Asian restaurant at the end of Greene Street in the Soho district is devoted to the sale and service of tea. Teas include Ti Kuan Yin, Gen Mai Cha, Gunpowder, and Chrysanthemum. Clay teapots and bowls are on display, and tea may be served with mooncakes from Taiwan, custard and coconut tarts, and an assortment of cookies.
Sara Inc.
952 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 772-3243
This beautifully designed store reflects Japanese aesthetics, and sells modern teaware from Japan as well as trays and dishes for meals. The store attracts local potters and those interested in the ceremonial service of tea, both Japanese and English-style.
The Tea Box at Takashimaya
693 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 350-1500
Located on the lower level of the Japanese department store are two elegant tea rooms with an atmosphere of serenity and repose. Afternoon tea is available, and teaware, lacquerware, and linens are available for sale. Behind the counter are prized loose teas, which may be purchased by the ounce.
Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Co.
75 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013

Fine teas from China and Taiwan are available. Here, tea tasting is offered at the rear of the store, and free courses in tea tasting are given. Contemporary teaware is on display. You may also buy Taiwanese tea sets, which include tiny teapots.


Anzen Importers
736 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 233-5111
Anzen Importers sells foods, kitchenware, and other goods from Japan, including a selection of green tea. Some traditional tea sweets from Sacramento and Los Angeles, California, may also be purchased.
Tea Zone
510 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 221-2130

A tea shop selling and serving a rich variety of choice teas and tea accessories, including Yixing teapots.
The Tao of Tea
2112 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 223-3563
Offering a new approach to the purchase and enjoyment of tea, the Tao of Tea features its own tea cuisine along with an amazing variety of teas in its three unusual locations.
10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 643-4512

Uwajimaya stores offer a variety of Asian groceries, goods and gifts including tea utensils from Japan. It also has a large bookstore specializing in Asian language books and periodicals.

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812 E. Roy
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 726-0704
This delightful shop sells a variety of traditional tea utensils from Japan, including tea bowls, caddies, whisks, tea cloths, and good powdered green tea. It is one of the few shops I have found in the United States that imports quality Japanese teas (matcha, sencha, hojicha, and genmaicha) and a seasonal selection of dry sweets (higashi). The tea is sold by the ounce, packaged in a tin, and readily shipped to out-of-state customers.
Sur La Table
84 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 448-2244

Mainly sellers of fine kitchenware and equipment, the store carries teapots, other tea utensils, and tea bricks--pressed tea leaves reminiscent of the way tea was packaged in ancient China for trade along the silk route. These patterned bricks are three-quarters of an inch thick and contain two and a half pounds of concentrated tea. A catalog is available upon request.
600 5th Ave. South, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-6248

Uwajimaya stores offer a variety of Asian groceries, goods and gifts including tea utensils from Japan. It also has a large bookstore specializing in Asian language books and periodicals.

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On the Web

Green Tea Information

Green tea has many benefits on our health. This site provides free information on green tea, its various benefits and how we can use green tea to improve our health.
Issoan Tea Room

Marjorie "Soya" Yap teaches classes from beginning through advanced in the procedures for making tea as well as aspects of Japanese culture such as sweet making, kimono dressing, incense ceremony, haiku, and more.

Sweet Persimmon

SweetPersimmon offers high quality, hand made meditation seats, incense, specialty tea, books and other products to enhance your meditation and spirituality.
Templar Food Products

Has interesting information on the "Wu Wo" tea ceremony.

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For the Study of Chado

The Urasenke Foundation has worldwide branches listed below:

Urasenke Konnichian Headquarters
Ogawa Teranouchi Dori
agaru, Kamikyo-ku
Kyoto, 602 Japan
(075) 431-3111

Urasenke Foundation of California
2143 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 433-6553

Urasenke Hawaii Branch
245 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-1057
email: urasenkef001@hawaii.rr.com

Urasenke Chanoyo Center
153 E 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 988-6161
email: urasenkeny@earthlink.net

Urasenke Washington, D.C.
6930 Hector Road
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 748-1685

Urasenke Seattle Branch
Bonnie (Soshin) Mitchell, Director
1907 Taylor Avenue North #3
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 324 1483

Urasenke Foundation Vancouver Branch
209 Jackson Street
Coquitlan, British Columbia, V3K 4C1
(604) 224-1560
email: krsnyder@shaw.ca

Urasenke Mexico City
Fuego 691
Col. Jardines del Pedregal
01900 Mexico D.F.
(5) 5652-5725
email: toyohiro@avantel.net

For an Experience of Chado
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Highway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 383-3134

Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, Inc.
P.O. Box 3847
Portland, OR 97208
(503) 223-4070

Japanese Garden
Washington Park Arboretum
Lake Washington Boulevard East
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4725

Portland Wakai Tea Association
1314  SW 57th Ave.
Portland, OR 97221
(503) 242-1557

Seattle Art Museum
100 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3180

For the Study of Zen Buddhism - Portland, Oregon
Dharma Rain Zen Center
Office: 2539 SE Madison
Zendo: 2514 SE Madison
Portland, OR 97214

Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Rd.
Clatskanie, OR 97016

Portland Buddhist Hub

Zen Community of Oregon
Portland Dharma Center
2514 SE Madison
Portland, OR 97214

Zen Center of Portland
2520 NW Upshur
Portland, OR 97210

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