MATCHA, the Asian Art Museum’s exhilarating evening mixer, returns on Thursday, June 18. Quench your summer thirst with all things sake and tea. Savor a sake tasting and multi-media presentation by Kirsten Shilakes, art history lecturer with an expertise in the visual history of the culinary arts. Sip, learn, and chat with Mimi Wong, sake sommelier and manager of True Sake, about the nuanced tastes and bouquets of sake. Discover a Japanese tea ceremony showcasing matcha, a powdered green tea and namesake of our program. Stroll the galleries, see Lords of the Samurai, a personal introduction to samurai culture. Superb examples of armor, swords, paintings, tea ware, lacquerware and more reveal how these men balanced the precision of the blade with the perfection of the brush. Dip into a talk on tea ceremony and warrior culture, join a docent conversation, or relax with a sake-tini, friends, and the DJ stylings of Mezuki. Observe its meticulous preparation and whisk your own.