About Us :


Boukakuan Japanese Tea House and Garden is located in Columbus, New Jersey, approximately 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia and 55 miles south of New York City.

It is situated on the grounds of Copany Friends Meeting House (1775) and was completed in 1997. The building’s exterior follows the simple lines of a Quaker structure, but the interior is a four and a half tatami mat tea room, complete with a small preparation room.

Boukakuan is easily reached from Route I-295 and both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes.

For more information, please contact us at 609-616-2556.


Drew Hanson has been a student of the Urasenke Tradition of Japanese Tea since 1995 and is a licensed teacher in this tradition. In addition to the demonstrations he presents at Boukakuan, he frequently demonstrates the Japanese Tea Ceremony at Shofuso, The Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, as well as at other venues in the metropolitan Philadelphia area.

Drew holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from The Pennsylvania State University and has over 20 years experience teaching writing, literature, and poetry on the college level.


Although he is not a practitioner of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Brandon has been assisting at demonstrations and more formal tea gatherings and events for the last ten years, often sitting in the position of the first guest and helping the other guests navigate their way through receiving and drinking tea. Sometimes from the sidelines he’ll provide the narrative ‘play-by-play’ as the ceremony unfolds.

Brandon is a landscape designer, having received his Master of Arts degree in that field from Columbia University.

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