Confirmation of Oiemoto Zabosai’s Heir-Apparent
On October 8, 2020, Takafumi Sen (b. Jul 6, 1990) was confirmed as the heir apparent and successor-to-be of Oiemoto Zabosai (Soshitsu Sen, XVI). Takafumi is the younger of Oiemoto Zabosai’s and Mrs. Masako Sen’s two sons, and the youngest of their three offspring. He graduated from the Law Department at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, in 2013, and over recent years, has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Urasenke Foundation, and as Vice Chairman of the Urasenke Tankokai Federation. At his confirmation and oath-taking ceremony, he received the “saigo” (Buddhist name) Tanshinsai 丹心斎, and the “chamei” (tea name) Soshi 宗史. His title, as the heir apparent, is Wakasosho (lit., “young master”). Click here to go to a short NHK video of the tea dedication ceremony by Wakasosho Tanshinsai Soshi, held the next day at Daitokuji Jukoin, the Sen family’s temple, to announce his confirmation.