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Japanese Cultural Center Tea House and Gardens

Tea Ceremony

Awa SaginawAn was designed by renowned architect Mr. Tsutomu Takenaka and constructed in 1985 as a collaborative effort between the City of Saginaw and its sister city Tokushima, Japan. Its foundation rests part on American soil and part on Japanese soil. It is treasured as one of the most authentic tea houses in North America.

Traditional Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu)

$10/person (cash or check only). Celebrants wear traditional kimono as they perform this 400 year old ritual of serving tea. You can ask questions, take photographs, and enjoy the authentic whisked tea and sweets served in the ceremony itself.

Our form of tea ceremony dates back in an unbroken lineage to 1600 A.D. Celebrants glide and kneel on the tatami (reed) mats in a disciplined manner that is simple and attractive, with no wasted motion. Performing the tea ceremony fulfills our mission: “to promote intercultural understanding and peace through a bowl of tea.”

Traditional tea ceremonies are presented on the second Saturday of each month at 2 PM throughout the year. Or call 989.759.1648 for a private ceremony scheduled especially for your group.

Tea & Tour

$5/person (cash or check only). Our trained docent explains the tea ceremony as well as how Japanese hand tools were employed to construct a sukiya (rustic) structure. You are served green tea and sweets, all traditionally and beautifully presented.

Group Tour (10 people or more)

$8/person (cash or check only). Group tours are led by a presenter dressed in a kimono. You will be served green tea and a "sweet", and will be instructed in the Art of Origami (paper folding). Group tours (10 people or more) need to make a reservation by calling  989.759.1648.

Tea and tours and group tours are available anytime during our open hours of 12:00 - 4:00 PM, Tuesday - Saturday, April 1st - October 30th.

See our Services & Fees page for more information.