Founder's Message

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

We believe that Western countries and the world would benefit from learning the concept of harmony which is so essential to the tea ceremony and eastern philosophy in general. Ultimately, we want to cultivate this concept in the minds of future global leaders. Today, global leaders are only influenced by Western culture. We truly believe that if they learn and practice the concept of harmony through tea diplomacy, the world can move forward in peace, with more collaborative and empathetic leaders. This can only be achieved by educating the young generations of future world leaders to learn and share harmony for peace.

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.


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

Shunya Yasuda

After working at a local commercial station, Shunya 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.

Student Interns

Maria Carolina

International Relations student in Washington, D.C.

Since August 2019, Maria has assisted in all aspects of the business, including marketing, translation, and business development for the organization in the US. She also works to grow our National Student League program.

Maria enjoys learning about Eastern history and philosophy.

Contact Maria

Chisato Sawanobori

Chisato is a member the tea ceremony club at Kyoto University School of Medicine.

After studying abroad in her junior and senior year of high school, Chisato realized the importance of knowing the culture of her own country. When she returned to Japan, she joined her high school's tea ceremony club and continues to pursue her fascination with the tea ceremony in college.

She supports our tea ceremony diplomacy in Washington, D.C.

Contact Chisato

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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.”



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
Nagoya, Japan
Washington, D.C., United States
Akiko Kawai
  • Grassroots Projects to Promote Cultural Understanding
  • Developing the Next Generation
  • Supporting Traditional Industries in Global Expansion 
Partners United Nations NGO Alliance Member
Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Overseas Expansion Advisor)
Akiko Kawai