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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.

Blog

  • JS2230 Itadakimasu – Food in Japan Module 2019


    JS2230 Itadakimasu - Food in Japan Module 2019

    The club held demonstrations again for the JS2230 Itadakimasu module this year 6th, 7th and 14th March. Goto sensei and Kodera Sensei from Japan was invited to conduct a tea ceremony for the students of the module. This marks the fourth year of our collaboration with Itadakimasu Module. This year, we asked the students to guess the theme of Spring, with the sweets, flowers and kimono that the senseis chose to wear.

  • Sensei Visit January 2019


    Sensei Visit January 2019

    Our Senseis came down from 24th to 26th January for the first of three annual visits. Our sensei also took the opportunity to perform hatsugama(初釜) during her visit. Hatsugama is a special ceremony performed in the first month of the year and is usually performed by sensei to his/her students. Our students and alumni members also took this opportunity to receive more instruction from our senseis to further improve themselves.

  • Japanese Cultural Festival 2019


    Japanese Cultural Festival 2019

    The club participated in the annual Japanese Cultural Festival on 26th January 2019. Numerous members of the public got to experience Japanese Tea Ceremony first hand as well as eat sweets and drink a bowl of tea. Coincidentally, the club also had sensei visit on the same day and our senseis came down to watch our students perform Japanese Tea Ceremony and receive a bowl of tea themselves as well.