On January 13th, 2019, the first tea gathering of the year known as hatsugama (which means “first kettle”) was held at the Bayview Room at Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay, San Diego. Urasenke Tankokai San Diego Association’s Soshin sensei and the students served tea with sweets and lunch boxes for about 150 guests to celebrate the new year. 



This year, the students demonstrated nagaita sokazari 長板総飾り and misonodana御園棚.  The weather was sunny and it was a perfect day to share tea with the guests.