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Special Exhibition
Chanoyu: Tea in the Cultural Life of Kyoto

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General Information

Exhibition Title

Special Exhibition
Chanoyu: Tea in the Cultural Life of Kyoto

Period

October 8–December 4, 2022
Some artworks may be rotated during the exhibition period.

Venue

Kyoto National Museum, Heisei Chishinkan Wing

Transportation

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

Closed

Mondays
*The museum will be open on Monday, October 10, and closed on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Special Exhibition Hours

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

Audio Guide

TBD

Organized by

Kyoto National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun

With the special cooperation of

Omotesenke Fushin'an Foundation, Urasenke Konnichian, Mushakouji Senke Kankyuan Foundation, Yabunouchi Ennan

With the special support of

Canon Inc.; Daiwa Securities Group Inc.; Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.; MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD.; Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.

With the support of

East Japan Railway Company; SHIMIZU CORPORATION; Takashimaya Co., Ltd.; TAKENAKA CORPORATION; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Mitsubishi Corporation

Description of Exhibition

The aesthetic and culinary culture of tea drinking was originally introduced to Japan from China, but over time tea practices changed in accordance with Japanese tastes and conventions. In medieval Japan, warriors became connoisseurs of tea wares and other cultural objects imported from China, while weary pilgrims and travelers began drinking tea served from stalls outside shrines and temples. These and other local customs led to the development of “chanoyu,” the ritualized practice of preparing whisked powdered green tea, which has come to be recognized around the world as a symbol of Japanese culture. This exhibition introduces masterworks relating to the history and customs of tea with a special focus on objects closely connected to Kyoto, the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years and center of the living culture of chanoyu.

  • Important Cultural Property. Black Raku Tea Bowl Named ”Mukiguri” (Peeled Chestnut). By Chōjirō. Agency for Cultural Affairs

    Important Cultural Property
    Black Raku Tea Bowl Named "Mukiguri" (Peeled Chestnut)
    By Chōjirō
    Agency for Cultural Affairs

  • Important Cultural Property. Returning Sails off a Distant Shore. Attributed to Muqi. Kyoto National Museum

    Important Cultural Property
    Returning Sails off a Distant Shore
    Attributed to Muqi
    Kyoto National Museum

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