|The Urasenke school of Japanese “Way of Tea” (Chado) — also known as the Tea Ceremony — presents Washin’an, an authentic tearoom built by Japanese carpenters in Kyoto and transported to Washington D.C., as the center for introducing the Way of Tea to the nation’s capitol. The tearoom was officially opened in March 2012.
Urasenke hopes to make Washin’an a place where Chado students can deepen their knowledge of the world of tea, and also a place where those unfamiliar with the Tea Ceremony can gain an understanding of it. The Tea Ceremony, inspired by Zen Buddhism, has been practiced for centuries in Japan as way to cultivate inner harmony and peace, and a sense of oneness with nature and others.
Washin’an is operated by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington DC Association, a part of the North American branch of Urasenke. The association offers regular classes and presents Chado demonstrations by appointment at Washin’an.
If you would like to visit Washin’an, please join us for one of our open houses held every Thursday from 11:00am to 3:00pm. We request that you make an appointment ahead of time by contacting us at 202-740-2208.
The name “Washin’an” was given to this tearoom by the 16th generation Grand Master of Urasenke, Soshitsu Sen XVI. The word “wa” translates as “harmony”; the word “shin” as “deep”. The two put together indicate the idea of “the deepening of harmony”; that is, the heart-to-heart interchange between people. The word “wa” also is a term for Japan. Taken in this sense, the Washin’an is a place to deepen one’s sense of closeness to Japan and to experience Japanese culture.
|Washin’an is located at 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20036.
Travel by car: For driving directions from your location, use the “Directions” link on the map to the left. There is short term meter parking and long term garage parking nearby Washin’an. Note that these parking alternatives are not associated with Washin’an.
Travel by metro: Washin’an is a 5 minute walk from the Farragut North Metro Rail station on the Red Line. From the station, walk north along Connecticut Avenue. Turn left at L Street. Follow L Street west, passing 18th Street and the Au Bon Pain cafe. The entrance is next to the cafe. Please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website for metro schedules and travel details.