Founder's Message

We have recently established Sakura Cha Meet, a non-profit organization (NGO) that aims to spread the Japanese culture of harmony through the celebration of the cherry blossom season and the Japanese tea ceremony.

 

For more than a century, the beautiful cherry blossoms donated by Japan have taken root on the banks of the river basin of the Potomac River in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States and home of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. As DC's most celebrated event, visitors from all over the country and the world come to see the beautiful blossoms.However. as times have shifted, the symbolism of the cherry blossoms has been forgotten.The cherry blossoms were a symbol of good and friendly relations between Japan and the United States, but now that meaning has been for gotten.

 

Needless to say, Washington D.C. is one of the major sources of global policy, and the importance of subtleties is immeasurable. Having worked in political management and international political marketing, I understand how the diminishing recognition of Japan’s role within the National Cherry Blossom Season can be an issue.

 

We hope that in sharing the harmony of the Japanese tea ceremony, we may restore Japan’s reputation in Washington. In 1906, Tenshin Okakura published the famous Book of Tea in English to enlighten others about Japanese culture. Tea is the culmination of the harmony of the Japanese spirit and is the essence of Japanese culture. The book demonstrates Japan’s independence on the global stage, which is an indispensable element of international communication. Within the tea ceremony, there is a notion of a “once-in-a-lifetime” one-on-one relationship that facilitates important conversations among global leaders. It is well-known that Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and other Sengoku leaders used the tea ceremony room as a place for political strategy and negotiation, which may be a testament to the superior political aspect of the tea ceremony itself.

 

One of the most inspirational quotes I have heard during last year’s activities in Washington D.C. was that “Japanese tea is delicious. But I don’t want to just taste it, but I want to learn the world of Japanese culture through its acts. I want to taste and learn.” In the tea ceremony, we are able to cross borders and have face-to-face mutual communication in a circle of peers who share the common goal of going from conflict to harmony. From this Japanese concept, we believe we can contribute to fruitful international dialogue. It is clear that there is a strong need for this type of dialogue in our world today. Through participating in the tea ceremony, leaders can learn the concept of harmony.

 

In order to promote harmony and dialogue in our global leaders, your understanding and support is invaluable. We kindly ask for your support on this project.


Founder Akiko Kawai

Born in Nagoya, Aichi

Studied Political Marketing in Japan(MA)

MPA in Graduate School of Political Management, GWU (2014), and then, Akiko joined the International Political Team of Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), a marketing company that conducts public opinion surveys and strategic planning for the U.S. Democratic Party

In 2017, Akiko began her tea initiative, the predecessor of our group.

Akiko enjoys plauying golf and violin.

 

 

US Corporation Registered Agent 
Michelle Brown

She runs a specialty tea shop, Teaism, that handles teas from around the world and three café-restaurants that started with the vision of educating Americans that the origin of tea is Asia.

Its identity is a “small business rooted in local communities and female entrepreneurship.” It is well-known for managing local business and maintaining long-standing trustworthy relationships with customers and employees.

Secretariat General Managers

Toshiya Yasuda

After working at a local commercial station, Toshiya was involved in production management for videos, music, and WEB. As Master of Digital Content Management, he actively participated in local community activities such as the fire brigade and Shintokai.

He loves history and enjoys reading, visiting shrines and temples, and watching rakugo. He is also enjoys using special drones for aerial landscape photography. 。

Toshiyuki Komura

Toshiyuki currently works at a consulting firm after working for a city bank, an independent consulting firm, a major auditing firm, a general trading company (for 3 years), a business venture of seniors, and a healthcare IT venture.

His hobbies are "changing jobs," and experiencing a wide range of ventures and large companies. He enjoys rethinking himself in the spirit of "wabi-sabi." As a secretariat, he promotes activities and sympathizes with the concept of tea diplomacy.

Collaboration(Cultural Guidance)

Tea Ceremony Koizumi Sobin

Professor Koizumi began working with the Urasenke school in 1975. In 1982, she was an Tea Ceremony instructor at the Kyoto University School of Medicine. In her goal of “student training,” she emphasizes conveying “noble spirit aesthetics,” to her students. In 1994, she was appointed an official professor of the Urasenke tea school. Since 2002, she has been working in Taiwan, China, France, the US, and other countries, including private activities such as “Chidori no Kai” and “Futaba Hakai,” that share Japanese culture and the tea ceremony. She has advocated for “Introductory Tea” with the belief that the ‘tea ceremony has a  wide entrance and low threshold” and plays the role of “peacefulness.”

 

Calligraphy 
Nakagawa Kyoji

Born in 1945 in Sado, Niigata. Studied under the Teshima Starboard. Director of the Mainichi Calligraphy Association, President of the Independent Calligraphy Group, Director of the Japan Calligraphy Association, Managing Director of All Japan Calligraphy Federation, Member of the Japan Calligraphy UNESCO Registration Promotion Council, Professor Emeritus, Senshu University.

To succeed, we need the support of many people. I want to convery power through writing. Calligraphy is a “comprehensive art,” where many kinds of art gather together. I am more active as an artist rather than as a calligrapher. I hope you enjoyed the impression that this letter is reflected in each person.

Organization Overview

Name Sakura Cha Meet
Location
Japan Nagoya
United States Washington, D.C.
Email
info@sakura-cha-meet.com
Number
050-5360-0464
Founder
Akiko Kawai
Activities
Tea diplomacy, Culinary diplomacy, and tea garden in VA
Founder
Akiko Kawai