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Tea Diplomacy




Sakura Cha Meet
is a UN Alliance member NGO
that promotes mutual understanding
and harmony
From Japan to the world






2021 Updates

October 19
Serving Tea In America
(Registration open)
August 30
A Taste-tea New Year
(flyer / blog report)
July 3
Salon de Mattcha
(flyer / blog report)
May 21
#InternationalTeaDay "Japanese Tea Culture
for Sustainable Development"
(flyer / blog report)
May 11
Election Campaigns and Foreign Policy in Times of Political Polarization
(flyer / blog report)
March 31
Health Benefits of Matcha
(flyerblog report)
Fabruary 28
Matcha in Washington DC & Tel Aviv
(blog report)
January 1
2021 New Year Message
May 11
Election Campaigns and Foreign Policy in Times of Political Polarization
(flyer / blog report)



Philosophy
What is the wisdom of peace Japanese tea culture has cultivated?

Learn together and share it with the world
through global tea diplomacy


Vision

Creating a community of people who inherit a spirit of harmony

We believe that we can realize our vision by building a circle of supporters to pass on the spirit of harmony from Japan to the world, and to build a bridge of peace.


Activities

The Four Pillars of Tea Diplomacy
and Online Series

International
Exchange
Promotion and Education of Authentic Japanese Matcha
Business promotion by understanding differemnt cultures and etiquettes
Nurturing
the Next Generation
Nurturing
the Next Generation


Our Style of Tea



To produce a moment that fosters mutual understanding
across the culture



「SAKURA(茶楽)」


The essence of the tea practice is 
harmony and creativity

Today, we think tea ceremony tends to 
focus on form


But we believe and promote that having
the spirit to enjoy tea 
is most important




Our Journey
From Washington DC to the states, and the world 

We've come so far in so little time. Why don't you join us and help complete this map and bring a peaceful moment to the world. If more people can have the heart to enjoy tea, the whole world can improve. 

Join us!

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Founder's Message


My name is Akiko Kawai, and I am the Founder of Sakura Cha Meet. We are a global nonprofit and UN Alliance member.

Since the beginning, our mission has been to spread a spirit of harmony and peace throughout the world through tea diplomacy.

We hope people from all over the world will participate in our organization and become the driving force for our activities.

Thank you,
Akiko Kawai




About Akiko Kawai

Born in Nagoya, Aichi

Studied Political Marketing in Japan(MA)

MPA in Graduate School of Political Management, GWU (2014), and then, Akiko joined the International Political Team of Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), a marketing company that conducts public opinion surveys and strategic planning for the U.S. Democratic Party

In 2017, Akiko began her tea initiative, the predecessor of our group, and now Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Overseas Expansion Advisor).

Akiko enjoys playing golf, violin, and loves sake. 



Our Sakura Blog

The Sakura Blog is available in Japanese and English
Updated from Japan, USA, and Israel



Board Members


Representative Director


Koken Yasuda

Owner of a Japanese traditional restaurant known as Amino Shokudo.

Mr. Koken was born in the city of Amino located in the northern part of the Kyoto Prefecture. Mr. Koken loves the nature of his hometown. Amino is surrounded by forest and sea, and according to him, it is the best place for cycling.

In his restaurant in Tokyo, he serves "dishes that make the most of the ingredients", mainly seafood from Amino-Cho, along with local sake so that people can feel the taste of nature's bounty as it is.

He has been working on the concept of Sakura Cha Meet since before its establishment. Mr. Koken has been a member of the board of directors since the beginning and was appointed as the representative director in August 2021.


Director


Yuka Yamana

Yuka has been involved in the establishment of a new organic vegetable farm.

She supports the entry of a local financial institution into a new agricultural business, the development of a sixth industry, the management of an agribusiness field, and the branding of agricultural products.

Currently Yuka san is working for a system development company.




Our Team


Tokyo, Japan

Shunya Yasuda

After working at a local commercial station, Shunya was involved in production management for videos, music, and WEB. As Master of Digital Content Management, he actively participated in local community activities such as the fire brigade and Shintokai.

He loves history and enjoys reading, visiting shrines and temples, and watching rakugo. He is also enjoys using special drones for aerial landscape photography. 


Toshiyuki Komura


Toshiyuki currently works at a consulting firm after working for a city bank, an independent consulting firm, a major auditing firm, a general trading company (for 3 years), a business venture of seniors, and a healthcare IT venture.

His hobbies are "changing jobs," and experiencing a wide range of ventures and large companies. He enjoys rethinking himself in the spirit of "wabi-sabi." As a secretariat, he promotes activities and sympathizes with the concept of tea diplomacy.



Overseas

US Corporation Registered Agent 
Michelle Brown


She runs a specialty tea shop, Teaism, that handles teas from around the world and three café-restaurants that started with the vision of educating Americans that the origin of tea is Asia.

Its identity is a “small business rooted in local communities and female entrepreneurship.” It is well-known for managing local business and maintaining long-standing trustworthy relationships with customers and employees.

Israel
Tal Reshef

Tal Reshef is an Emerging markets business specialist based in Israel. He is a lecturer, consultant, managers' coach and journalist with wide knowledge of business, economy, culture and  psychology of countries around the globe, markets and people and long experience in assisting Israeli companies to achieve results around the globe.

He has a BA with excellence (magna cum Laude)  from Tel Aviv university and second degree in history of ideas from the Sorbonne – Paris. He managed technical work around the globe for 12 years in behalf of Israeli hi-tech companies, and since the year of 2007 he assists Israeli companies in their global work.


Intern Team

Maria Carolina

International Relations student in Washington, D.C.

Since August 2019, Maria has assisted in all aspects of the business, including marketing, translation, and business development for the organization in the US. She also works to grow our National Student League program.

Maria enjoys learning about Eastern history and philosophy.
Chisato Sawanobori

Chisato is a member the tea ceremony club at Kyoto University School of Medicine.

After studying abroad in her junior and senior year of high school, Chisato realized the importance of knowing the culture of her own country. When she returned to Japan, she joined her high school's tea ceremony club and continues to pursue her fascination with the tea ceremony in college.

She supports our tea ceremony diplomacy in Washington, D.C.
Tamar Zakaraia

Tamar is a young International Relations professional very passionate about Asia and particularly Japan.

Tamar was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia and moved to the U.S. four years ago. She has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations with a concentration in the Far East-Japan from the Free University of Tbilisi and a Master's degree in Public Administration from George Mason University.

Tamar loves Japanese art and especially "Ukiyo-e." She enjoys reading Japanese Literature and watching Japanese Cinematography. She speaks Georgian, English, Japanese and Russian languages.
Cynthia Liang
Media Intern

Cynthia is a Communication student at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Raised in a household where fresh tea was always at hand, Cynthia has a deep appreciation for the healing qualities of tea and its ability to bring people together.

Her passion for creating content that connects with consumers had led her to pursue marketing and help spread Sakura Cha Meet’s message of harmony.

Cynthia is an avid fan of everything coffee and tea-related and Japanese Superflat art.”
Tamar Zakaraia

Tamar is a young International Relations professional very passionate about Asia and particularly Japan.

Tamar was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia and moved to the U.S. four years ago. She has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations with a concentration in the Far East-Japan from the Free University of Tbilisi and a Master's degree in Public Administration from George Mason University.

Tamar loves Japanese art and especially "Ukiyo-e." She enjoys reading Japanese Literature and watching Japanese Cinematography. She speaks Georgian, English, Japanese and Russian languages.


Collaborations

Tea Practice
Koizumi Sobin

Professor Koizumi began working with the Urasenke school in 1975. In 1982, she was an Tea Ceremony instructor at the Kyoto University School of Medicine. In her goal of “student training,” she emphasizes conveying “noble spirit aesthetics,” to her students. In 1994, she was appointed an official professor of the Urasenke tea school. Since 2002, she has been working in Taiwan, China, France, the US, and other countries, including private activities such as “Chidori no Kai” and “Futaba Hakai,” that share Japanese culture and the tea ceremony.

She has advocated for “Introductory Tea” with the belief that the ‘tea ceremony has a  wide entrance and low threshold” and plays the role of “peacefulness.”
Calligraphy 
Nakagawa Kyoji

Born in 1945 in Sado, Niigata. Studied under the Teshima Starboard. Director of the Mainichi Calligraphy Association, President of the Independent Calligraphy Group, Director of the Japan Calligraphy Association, Managing Director of All Japan Calligraphy Federation, Member of the Japan Calligraphy UNESCO Registration Promotion Council, Professor Emeritus, Senshu University.

To succeed, we need the support of many people. I want to convery power through writing. Calligraphy is a “comprehensive art,” where many kinds of art gather together. I am more active as an artist rather than as a calligrapher. I hope you enjoyed the impression that this letter is reflected in each person.



Sakura Cha Meet

 Official Member of the United Nations NGO Alliance


THE ANCSSC is a network of international non-profits that was officially launched in November of 2018 in New York City in recognition of the significant role non-profits play in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

As a member of the Alliance, our organization is now working to build a new tea education program for the next generation based on the "Spirit of Tea."


Organization Overview

Name Sakura Cha Meet
Location Nagoya, Japan
Washington, D.C., United States
Contact Number:+81-50-5360-0464
Representative Director Koken Yasuda
Activities
  1. Governments for culture and international peace promotion
  2. Food/drink industry for matcha promotion
  3. Company/business school for business promotion
  4. Universities, for educating next generation
Alliance United Nations NGO Alliance Member
Representative Director Koken Yasuda


Archive


From company events, embassies, international conferences, student workshops, to Washington D.C.'s National Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Cha Meet has held several events all over the world. 

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