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    The Mobile Tea Garden ensemble is a variable collective of diverse Asian and American artists across the spiritual, cultural and creative spectrum, including visual artist and collaborative curator Ines Sun; award-winning videographer and multimedia artist Heather Greer; sculptor, composer and Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient George Quasha; tea performer Kaaren Schilke-Cherns who has studied the Japanese tea ceremony at the renowned Urasenke Chanoyu Center in New York for 16 years; Chinese brush painter Simon Yung; Japanese master textile artist Akihiko Izukara; Saigon born movement artist Dzu Do; composer, pianist and junior high school student Isaac Bardin and producer Ambreen Qureshi whose family hails from Pakistan.



    Tenri Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the study of Japanese language and the appreciation of international art forms. The Institute hosts a variety of traditional and contemporary cultural programs in their modern, spacious educational facility, performing arts and exhibition space. Conveniently located in the heart of Greenwich Village, the center of New York City's educational and artistic communities, Tenri Cultural Institute is a beautiful cultural oasis amidst the hustle and bustle that is New York City. Tenri Cultural Institute has a 20-year history in the celebration of Japanese and Western culture. By providing their audience with a traditional and unique point of view to the understanding of culture and the arts, they fulfill their mission: To foster cultural understanding, harmony and community.

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The Mobile Tea Garden

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 12-8pm

Tenri Cultural Institute
43 West 13th Street #A, New York, NY 10011
Cross Streets: Between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue
Subways: L to 6 Av; F, M to 14 St (6 Av); N, Q, R, L, 4, 5, 6 to 14 St-Union Sq
Buses: M5 to Av of the Americas-W 12 St; M14AD to W 14 St-6 Av; M5, M7, X1, X10B, X10C, X12, X17 to Av of the Americas-W 14 St

(212) 645-2800

Take a moment on the afternoon of Friday, September 14, 2012 to visit the haven of peace that is the Mobile Tea Garden. Artist and tea expert Ines Sun will accomplish the time-honored act of serving tea, a practice of humility and “refined poverty,” as described by Sen no Rikyū (b.1522), arguably the greatest influence on the Japanese chanoyu, or “way of tea,” ritual.

The Mobile Tea Garden is a unique environment made of large-scale naturally dyed silk textile, paintings, sculptures, sound installation, responsive projection, physical performance, and the action of making and drinking tea to engage all five senses. Sun invites a small group of volunteers to participate and create their own unique tea rituals at the Mobile Tea Garden. Visit to get in touch.

Presented by Tenri Cultural Institute.