About NUS Sado Club
The 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, and gives members the opportunity to experience and learn Japanese Culture, while immersing themselves in “和(harmony), 敬(respect), 清(purity), 寂(serenity)”, the philosophy of Sado.
Iemoto’s Kako Chakai, August 2016
Iemoto’s visit with Miura, Kodera and Nogami sensei, August 2014
Iemoto’s visit with Miura, Kodera and Goto sensei, August 2012
Iemoto with club members at the garden of the Japan Creative Centre, August 2010
The NUS Sado Club 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 workshops for students from Junior Colleges and Polytechnics. 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.
[For more details about our performances, visit our portfolio]
About Enshu Sado
Kobori Enshu, founder of Enshu Sado
Enshu Sado has a 400-year old history. The founder, Lord Kobori Enshu Masakazu, was the feudal lord of Tohtomi (now Shizuoka Prefecture) in the early Edo Era. He, along with Murata Shuko, Takeno Jyoo, Senno-Rikyu, and Furuta Oribe, is renowned as one of the greatest tea masters to inherit the tradition of Japanese Sado (tea ceremony).
Enshu was a pivotal figure in the ruling circles, serving as the official tea instructor for the second and third shoguns of the Tokugawa, Hidetada and Iemitsu. He served as the magistrate of Fushimi in Kyoto and also as the construction commissioner in charge of building the famous castles such as Sunpu, Fushimi, Osaka and Kyoto Nijo Castles. Such representative gardens in Kyoto as Kyoto Daitokuji Kohoan, Katsura Rikyu, Nanzenji, and Konchiin were built under his supervision and planning. Enshu was also talented in calligraphy and waka, 31-syllable Japanese poetry. He also rendered great services in instructing pottery making such as Takatori ware, Tanba ware and Shigaraki ware.
Sado (tea ceremony) styles and ideas are divided into two major lines: Machisu Sado (tea ceremony for the general public) developed by Sen-no-Rikyu and Buke Sado (tea ceremony popular among samurai and aristocrats) founded and developed by Kobori Enshu. Enshu Sado is a representative school of Buke Sado and belongs to the line of the so called Daimyo Sado (tea ceremony for feudal lords).
At present, the Enshu School has local offices throughout Japan, and each local office has a youth section which promotes tea ceremony culture among young people. At the same time, the Enshu School actively introduces and attempts to spread tea ceremony in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Kobori Sojitsu, Iemoto of Enshu Sado School
The spirit of Enshu Sado lies in ‘kirei sabi’, or gracefulness and simplicity. Today, the Enshu Sado School remains as one of the oldest tea schools in Japan, and is run by its 13th Grandmaster, Kobori Sojitsu.
The Grandmaster and teachers from Enshu visits NUS Sado Club thrice a year to give trainings. 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. Being able to learn tea ceremony directly under the tutelage of a grandmaster is highly unusual for most tea ceremony students in Japan, and especially so for a mere university tea club.
The club uses the family crest (kamon) of the Enshu sado school as its official logo. The club would like to thank the 13th grandmaster of the Enshu School of Tea, Kobori Sojitsu for granting permission for the use of the kamon.