Browse through our archives to read out about past Genius Table events and the unique venues in which they were held.


The tea master from Switzerland



Michael Drzmisek Sozui

The “Urasenke Chado” Teacher

Born in Switzerland. Graduated form The College of Arts and Crafts in Zurich. First contact with Japanese culture through the martial art Aikido. Originally started to study Japanese calligraphy and later chanoyu to complement martial arts studies, but became increasingly interested in tea over the years. Came to Japan to focus on his tea studies.


Kanjyoan ,which means ”Make yourself, free your mind”, has just three small tea rooms. Traditional and old house in Kyoto was reformed into it. The owner, Michel was today’s Genius. He graduated from the College of Arts and Crafts in Zurich, and visited Kyoto after that. Then, he was very impressed by the manner of Tea ceremony. He was attracted by it, and started learning about Tea in his homeland. Some years ago, he decided to live in Kyoto in order to improve his skills of Tea. The most impressive things in his talking was “ it is important we put ourselves in silent and calm down.” People in this society are so busy that they should especially have time to put all other thoughts out of one's mind. He said it was good for busy business parson to start Tea. He always tries making “small universe” in tea room like a very quiet and spiritual room when he make tea. Today, we were actually like in such “universe”.


No.4 Kanjo-an

Mr Michael from Switzerland renovated Kyomachiya to traditional tea room. Leaving the good and old look of Kyoto, it's a quiet space.

Kanjoan, Nishiyashiro-cho 191-3, Kamigyoku, Kyoto
+81 75-200-7653


Chiho Yashiro


“I felt a little nervous to speak English, but I got a chance to recognize the charm of Japanese culture at the same time. It is very inserting to know how the foreigners feel about Kyoto and Japan. It is a precious experience for people who live in Kyoto .”

Saki Adachi


“I have talked with foreigners before at the class, but talking while we have lunch is the first time and I felt a little nervous. I felt very comfortable and interesting to gather around the tea table and have a conversation. I was a little shy at that time and I am regretted having not talked with the genius more.”

Takenobu Yoshio


“Sado, although is a traditional Japanese culture, Japanese always tale it for granted and are tend to ignore the importance of it. But as a foreigner, what they get from Sado can have strong impact and be tremendous. That is what I learn from the linch talk.