Visiting Tea Master in NYC

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From May 21–30, In Pursuit of Tea, Globus Washitsu, and Marukyu Koyamaen are sponsoring a tea master from Japan to visit New York and travel to several non-Japanese venues to whisk up bowls of traditional matcha for guests, as well as share knowledge about this storied drink. Join us for a chance to experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in the city: see more details on Facebook or contact us at


Upcoming Appearances

Globus Washitsu, Tuesday, May 22nd (Union Square)

Tea ceremonies at 6:30 pm and 7 pm, with a sushi reception to follow. Space is extremely limited.



Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Wednesday, May 23rd (Park Slope, Brooklyn)

Reserve seats through the BBG website: $45 for members, $48 for non-members. Ceremonies will run between 6:30 pm and 8 pm.


Reynard at the Wythe Hotel, Thursday, May 24th (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Traditional matcha will be available in the restaurant for two hours starting at 11:30 am, during normal service. First come, first served; no fee.


Blank Slate Tea, Tuesday, May 29th (Midtown)

Traditional matcha will be available for two hours starting at 1 pm, during normal cafe service. First come, first served; no fee.

Tea on the Street, Wednesday, May 30th, Broadway btw 17th and 18th St. (Union Square)

A public matcha demonstration for all at the pedestrian park on 18th Street and Broadway. Kiki will begin making tea and sharing the history of Japanese tea at 1pm. First come, first served. No fee.


Lie Sangbong, Thursday, May 31st (Meatpacking)

At 4pm, Kiki will host a matcha-whisking workshop for tea lovers looking to improve their form. From 5:30-7pm, join us as she hosts a tea ceremony for attending guests. First come, first served. No fee.


Meet Your Tea Master

The Visiting Tea Master Residency Program, which brings Japanese-trained tea masters to NYC to spread awareness of traditional matcha, is delighted to announce that Kiki Geisse has been selected as our inaugural recipient. Born and raised in Chile, she moved to Honolulu to pursue a career in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, doing her research thesis on scrolls and chanoyu. She was then selected for an Urasenke Midorikai Scholarship in Kyoto. In 2013, after graduating, she moved to Japan permanently, and with two Japanese friends she started the community project TOTOUSHA to promote traditional Japanese culture and arts. Here she reached a large audience, motivating young and old, locals and foreigners, sharing Noh theater, calligraphy, shimenawa handcrafts, Gagaku music, tea tastings, among others. Kiki currently works as freelance consultant for international customers, and continues to expand tea culture around the world, most recently in France, China, Japan and Chile.