Discipline: Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony)
School (流): Urasenke-ryū
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? No
Kimika Soko Takechi and Larry Sokyo Tiscornia are long-time instructors of traditional Japanese tea ceremony. They teach Chanoyu and its many related arts in San Francisco, CA, and travel to many places sharing their knowledge with others. They also lecture and give demonstrations at both public and private schools as well as colleges and universities. They received their professional tea names in 1985 from Sen Soshitsu XV, the now retired head tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea, in Kyoto, Japan. The name Soko translates to "fragrance" and Sokyo to "bridge" and both received the Junkyoju, associate professor, degree from the Urasenke School in 1994.
Kimika is from Iyo City, in Shikoku, Japan, and came to the U.S. in 1975 to study English at both Holy Names College and the University of San Francisco. She graduated from City College of San Francisco and has also taken classes at San Francisco State University. She worked as an artist in traditional Kimono design in Kyoto and has been studying and teaching tea for 40 years. She is also an accomplished artist specializing in watercolors.