Tea Docents in the News

Tea Docents of Chado-En and Ceres Community Project Partner to Sow Seeds of The Wellness Gardens

Senior Shinto priest Rev. Koichi Barrish will conduct a blessing and purification ceremony for garden site on Aug. 27.

BODEGA BAY, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011-- Wellness should be a way of life, sown and grown as tenderly and conscientiously as the most delicate of gardens. That's why Nozomu (Nez) Tokugawa and Donna Tokugawa, co-founders of Chado-En (http://www.chadoen.com), have been planting the roots for the non-profit The Wellness Gardens along with a new partner, Ceres Community Project.

As importers of fine Asian teas, Chado-En has always followed a broader mission to spur and sustain healing, wellbeing and peace. Likewise, Ceres Community Project, an award-winning nonprofit based in California's Sonoma Valley, works tirelessly to restore local, organic read more...

Chado-En Debuts Functional Tea Line at World Tea Expo

Chado-En Tea Docents introduces new line of functional teas that are created naturally in the plant leaf by using specific varietals and processing unique to Japan.

Bodega Bay Calif., June 14, 2011-- The modern knowledge of physiological functionality, explaining the ancient wisdom of Zen Priest Eisai who in 1211 wrote about the effectiveness of Japanese Green Tea in maintaining good health and prolonging life is the basis behind the brand Shinwa Japanese Green Tea more than a beverage.

Stay Beautiful takes the lead as the Cosmeceutical/Nutraceutical- Bathing the skin with relaxing mist and soaks, while your entire body is infused with the magic and gentle power of Japanese green tea. read more...

Cherry Blossom Tea Renews Hope for Japan

Profits from specially created Sakura Karigane tea from the Tea Docents of Chado-En support victims of Japan’s recent disasters

BODEGA BAY, Calif., March 24, 2011 -- As the cherry trees bloom throughout a devastated Japan this spring, so, too, should a renewed sense of hope. To help nurture that hope, Tea Docents of Chado-En, cultivators of fine Asian teas, are branding an honorary tea with the cherry tree’s symbolic, sacred blossom and selling the beverage to raise relief funds for those affected by the recent earthquake, tsunami and power plant disasters.

A full 100 percent of the profits from sales of the tea, called Sakura Karigane, will go to Second Harvest Japan (2HJ - http://www.2hj.org), a non-profit organization that has provided food and other aid to people in Japan since 2000. Currently, 2HJ is actively involved in disaster relief in Japan (http://2ndharvestjapan.blob.core.windows.net/index.html), delivering support and resources to the needy. In addition to teaming up with 2HJ with its tea fundraising effort, the founding family behind Chado-En plans to donate $10,000 in matching funds.

“I have roots in Hiroshima, and have lost both family and read more...

Tea Docents of Chado-En to Demonstrate Shinwa at NYC’s Norma Kamali Wellness Cafe

BODEGA BAY, Calif., Sept. 22, 2010 — On October 6, 2010, New Yorkers will get to experience the convergence of beauty and wellness from the inside out when the tea docents of Chado-En demonstrate Shinwa (http://www.shinwaskincare.com) at the Norma Kamali Wellness Cafe in midtown Manhattan.

Shinwa, a Japanese word meaning “the way of the earth in the spirit of a very long time ago,” or “the way it once was,” is pure, organic Karigane, a Japanese green tea grown in the unspoiled hills above Kyoto. High in antioxidants and the stress-relieving amino acid L-theanine, Shinwa has a naturally sweet taste as a beverage. But, say the Tea Docents of Chado-En, Shinwa is much more than a beverage — and they’ll demonstrate that at the Norma Kamali Wellness Cafe.

“On October 6, the Tea Docents of Chado-En will read more...