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Chanoyu - The Arts of Tea Ceremony, The Essence of Japan

Chanoyu - The Arts of Tea Ceremony, The Essence of Japan
Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries   April 11, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)


The new tea drinking practices of the Song Dynasty were learned by Japanese Zen monks studying in China around the 12th century and then spread among Zen temples, samurai families, and other members of Japanese high society. These people displayed their status by decorating tea rooms and serving tea with exquisite Chinese artworks called karamono. During the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the 16th century, Sen no Rikyu perfected a new style of tea called wabicha in which Chinese artworks were used together with humble utensils from everyday life, and the tea ceremony spread from the elite of society to lesser lords and townspeople. In this manner, the tea ceremony developed over hundreds of years into a prominent and unique aspect of Japanese culture.

This major exhibition will focus on how the arts of the tea ceremony evolved from the Muromachi period to modernity. This will be the largest exhibition of its kind since Arts of the Tea Ceremony, which was held at Tokyo National Museum in 1980. We hope that visitors, by witnessing masterpieces of the tea ceremony from various historical periods, and attuning themselves to the sensibilities of the people who used them, will be able to experience the “Essence of Japan.”

General Information

Period Tuesday, April 11 - Sunday, June 4, 2017
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00, Fridays, Saturdays, and May 3, May 4 until 21:00
Sundays until 18:00, April 30, May 7 until 21:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for Monday, May 1)
Admission Adults: 1600 (1400/1300) yen
University students: 1200 (1000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).

Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from December 5, 2016 to April 10, 2017.
* Advance pair tickets (two admissions, 2000 yen) will be on sale at the Museum ticket booths (during museum hours, 30 minutes before closing hour) and other major ticketing agencies from November 7 to December 4, 2016.

Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., The Mainichi Shimbun
With the Special Assistance of OMOTESENKE Fushin'an, URASENKE Konnichian, MUSHAKOUJISENKE Kankyuan, YABUNOUCHI Ennan, Enshusadosoke, Edosenke souke rengean, Edosenke, DAI NIHON CHADO GAKKAI, Sohenryu-Fushin'an
With the Sponsorship of ITO EN, LTD., Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissha Printing Co., Ltd., Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co.,Ltd., MITSUI & CO., LTD.
With the Technical Assistance of DAIKO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website (In Japanese)


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