Bethany to Host Japanese Tea Culture Workshop

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will host a workshop on Japanese tea culture on Tuesday, Oct. 14, featuring Baisa School Sencha tea masters Fumiyo Iwadachi and Ami Nishiyama.

The event will give participants a rare chance to experience the world of green tea in Japan and its importance in Japanese culture. The workshop, which will be held in Weimer Lecture Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m, is free and open to the public.

The event will include a presentation on the cultural aspect of green tea in Japan, a tea ceremony demonstration, a brewing workshop, and the ancient tea tasting game of chakabuki. Attendees will have a chance to taste five different authentic Japanese teas.


Bethany College began an educational and cultural exchange program with Handa City in Aichi, Japan, in 2003. Since then, the Japan Outreach Program at Bethany has brought a cultural event to the community each fall.

Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, call 304-280-7671 or email

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.