Urasenke grand tea master Dr. Genshitsu Sen honored the memory and contributions of the Gannenmono by performing a special kenchashiki tea ceremony at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin on July 19.
The hour-long ceremony opened with sutra chanting by Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and the Rev. Toyokazu Hagio, rimban (chief minister) of the Hawaii Betsuin. Dr. Sen, Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, former first lady Jean Ariyoshi and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and current Urasenke representative Kishichiro Amae all honored the Gannenmono by offering incense.
Dr. Sen said he was honored to perform the kenchashiki in memory of the Gannenmono at the Hawaii Betsuin.