The Essence of Japan
The new tea drinking practices of the Song Dynasty were taught to Japanese Zen monks studying in China around the 12th century and then spread among the members of Japanese high society. These people displayed their status by decorating tea rooms and serving tea with exquisite Chinese artworks called karamono. It was not until the 16th century that Sen no Rikyu perfected a new style of tea in which allowed the tea ceremony to spread from the elite to lesser lords and townspeople. This major exhibition will focus on how the arts of the tea ceremony have evolved over the centuries. This is the largest exhibition of its kind since ‘Arts of the Tea Ceremony’, which was held at Tokyo National Museum in 1980. Find out more about ‘Chanoyu‘ exhibition from the Tokyo National Museum’s website.
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