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NUS Sado Club 「シンガポール国立大学茶道部」

The traditional Japanese tea ceremony club of the National University of Singapore

NUS Sado Club is a student interest group that was established since 30 September 1989, under the NUS Department of Japanese Studies. The Club practises the traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Enshuryu style, giving members a first-hand experience of Japanese culture. 和 (harmony), 敬 (respect), 清 (purity), 寂 (serenity), the philosophy of Sado, is put into practice. Club membership as a CCA is open to all NUS students, staff and alumni, as well as students of other local Singapore universities.

The spirit of Enshu Sado lies in ‘kirei sabi’, or gracefulness and simplicity. The Enshu school of tea remains as one of the oldest tea schools in Japan today. The 13th grandmaster, Kobori Sojitsu, and teachers from the Enshu school of tea in Japan visits the Club thrice a year to give lessons to members. This is a very rare privilege granted to the Club, which is officially recognised by the Enshu school of tea as a key component of its branch in Singapore. It is highly unusual for most tea ceremony students even in Japan to be able to learn tea ceremony directly under the tutelage of a grandmaster, and especially so for members of a mere university tea club.

The Club actively engages in Japanese tea ceremony performances within and outside of the University. This includes international cultural fairs and faculty open houses within campus, and corporate events such as international and cultural awareness fairs, roadshows and private company functions. The Club also organizes hands on Japanese tea ceremony workshops for students from junior colleges, polytechnics and other universities. These performances and workshops, while providing good learning experiences for the guests, also allows our members to spread the way of tea in Singapore, while developing disciplinary skills.


  • May Sensei Visit 2017

    May Sensei Visit 2017

    Sensei’s May visit this year was held on the 12th to the 14th of May. Kodera sensei, flying in from Japan, as well as Nogami Sensei facilitated over the practice of NUS Sado members, both current and Alumni, as well as our sister club NTU Sado. This visit was extra special as Kodera sensei also brought along with her a Chabako set, a special Tea Ceremony item, which allowed the members to practice an okeiko which we normally could not. […]

  • PJC Visit 2017

    PJC Visit 2017

    On the 1st of April, we had the honour of hosting Pioneer Junior College’s Japanese Cultural Club, the Tsuyu Club, once more having came before. This time they brought along their new students as they were shown a tea ceremony performance as well as served tea and sweets. The PJC students were extremely interested in Japanese Tea Ceremony, and many questions were asked about Sado as well as University life, and they were able to learn more about the niche […]

  • SUTD NihonGo! Introductory Visit

    SUTD NihonGo! Introductory Visit

    On the 11th of March, we had the honour of hosting SUTD’s Japanese Cultural Club, SUTD Nihongo, for an introductory Sado visit, where they were shown a tea ceremony performance, as well as were served tea and sweets. Many questions were asked about the ceremony and Sado in general, and they were able to learn more about Japanese culture through Japanese Tea Ceremony.