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“Chanoyu” (Tokyo National Museum)


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  • Chanoyu:
    the Arts of Tea Ceremony, the Essence of Japan

    11 April – 4 June 2017
    Tokyo National Museum

    The tea ceremony in Japan has been developed, over a long period of time, into an original art with unique aesthetic sensibilities. This exhibition traces the evolution of arts associated with the tea ceremony (“chanoyu”, “sado”), from the Muromachi period (1336 – 1573) to the modern era.




    National Treasure
    Tea Bowl, yuteki (“oil spot”) tenmoku type
    China, Jian ware, Southern Song dynasty, 12th–13th century
    The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

    National Treasure
    Tea Bowl, Shino type, known as “Unohanagaki”
    Mino ware, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th–17th century
    Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo

    Important Cultural Property
    Celadon Glazed Tea Bowl, known as “Bakohan”
    China, Longquan ware, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
    Tokyo National Museum

     Important Cultural Property
    Tea Bowl, aoido type, known as “Shibata”
    Korea, Joseon period, 16th century
    Nezu Museum of Art, Tokyo

    The exhibits also include excellent calligraphic scrolls, paintings and flower vases to decorate tearooms.

    National Treasure
    Red and White Cotton Rosemallow
    By Li Di
    China, Southern Song dynasty, dated 1197 (Qingyuan 3)
    Tokyo National Museum  (on display from 23 May to 4 June)

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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