The Journey of "Chanoyu": An International Symposium on the Tea Culture of Japan, Past and Present

Ido Tea Bowl, Korean, Yi (Joseon) dynasty, 16th century.

Ido Tea Bowl, Korean, Yi (Joseon) dynasty, 16th century. Stoneware with crackled glaze. Yale University Art Gallery, Promised gift to the Yale University Art Gallery of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, LL.B. 1963

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tea Culture of Japan: “Chanoyu” Past and Present, this symposium featured discussions on the content and aesthetics of Japanese tea culture by international tea practitioners, scholars, curators, and art dealers. Several papers were presented in Japanese. Made possible by Yale’s Council on East Asian Studies, with the cooperation of the Tōdai-Yale Initiative.

The symposium was followed by two demonstrations of the tea ceremony in the modern style (Ryūreishiki). Sen Sō-oku performed the Mushanokōji Senke–school style, and Ise Tomi presented the Ura Senke–school style. The tea demonstrations were made possible in part by the Enshū School of Tea, the Ise Cultural Foundation, and Kōichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts.