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Feature Exhibition: Tea Bowls for Chanoyu

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Exhibition Title

Feature Exhibition: Tea Bowls for Chanoyu


June 20–September 10, 2023


Heisei Chishinkan Wing, Gallery 3F-1


JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map


*The museum will be open on Monday, July 17, and closed on Tuesday, July 18, 2023.

Museum Hours

9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)

Adult 700 yen
University Student
(ID required)
350 yen
  • Admission fee includes admission to all galleries in the Heisei Chishinkan Wing.
  • Admission is free for high school students and other youths age 0 – 17, seniors over 70, visitors with disabilities and one caretaker, and for Campus Members (including faculty). Please show ID.
  • Admission for school groups: Admission to the Collection Galleries is free for elementary school, middle school, and high school students on school fieldtrips as well as teachers serving as their guides.

Description of Exhibition

In the practice of chanoyu (sometimes called the tea ceremony), the tea bowl is more than simply a vessel for drinking tea. It also serves as an important object of aesthetic appreciation during a tea gathering. A tea bowl is something that can be held in the hands and admired, providing a point of connection between host (teishu) and guests (kyaku). Among the many bowls that have been used to serve tea in the context of chanoyu, those revered as “famous bowls” (meiwan) have an especially rich history. These bowls are marked by their unique style and elegance, and by the countless hands that have held, cherished, and prized them over decades and centuries.
This exhibition highlights a number of famous bowls of distinguished provenance, categorized either as Chinese karamono tea bowls, Korean kōrai tea bowls, or Japanese wamono tea bowls. By highlighting the diverse types, unique characteristics, origins, and stories associated with these exemplary ceramics, we hope to help visitors learn about and reflect on the role of the tea bowl in Japan’s culture of tea.

Taihi Tenmoku. Teabowl with Phoenix Design. Kyoto National Museum

Taihi Tenmoku Teabowl
with Phoenix Design

Kyoto National Museum

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