Welcome to the homepage of the Ueda Sōko Ryū Australia. Some of us are hardcore, others are less so. All of us love tea and love sharing the fulfilling path of chanoyu (the Japanese tea ceremony) with our community of kindred spirits.
We are not interested in artificially transplanting chanoyu into a foreign land. We practice the fundamental teachings of Ueda Sōko and Furuta Oribe and strive to create the the moral and aesthetic beauty of chanoyu relevant to our time and place.
Regular practice is conducted at locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Mittagong and online. We also conduct tea gatherings, workshops and explore the possibilities of the Japanese tea ceremony as both old and new art around the country. We welcome enquiries about regular practice, workshops, demonstrations, performances and conducting tea gatherings.
Mt Gibraltar, Mittagong
For people unable to make it to a practice location, you can learn online.
Anywhere in the world
Adam Sōmu Wojcinski
Director of Ueda Sōko Ryū Australia
Adam has studied chanoyu since 1999 and is a direct disciple of the 16th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko Samurai Tradition of Tea, Ueda Sōkei.
In 2016, Sōkei gave Adam the tea name of 'Sōmu 宗夢 ' (source of dreams), making Adam the first foreigner to be awarded this honour in the Ueda Tradition.
Adam is Sōkei's official English translator and the director of the Australian Branch of the Ueda Sōko Ryū.