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Tea Traditions

Experience Chanoyu

Students will examine the guiding principles of a tea gathering, simulate a thick tea (koicha) gathering; and demonstrate how the host and guests show respect to one another.

Provided by Asian Art Museum

About Teabowls

In Japanese, the word for bowl is chawan, and most Japanese people use chawan every day to eat rice. The word chawan, however, does not mean “rice bowl,” but “teabowl.” This is because such bowls were originally used, not for rice, but for tea! Learn what qualities make a teabowl.

Provided by Kyoto National Museum

About Tea Kettles

Learn about the way of tea by exploring a variety of tea implements and practices dating back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333).

Provided by Kyoto National Museum

Chado: The Japanese Tea Gathering

This lesson introduces students to the Japanese tea ceremony to consider the art and the tradition of the tea ceremony and study the serving pieces used in the ceremony by participating in a tea ceremony. Students will learn the importance of the performance of tea ceremony through the history of how it became what it is today.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

The Way of Tea

Discover the rich history of the Japanese tea gathering.

Provided by Asian Art Museum

Learning from Asian Art: Japan

Introduce students to Japanese art and culture as they explore works in the Philadelphia Art Museum’s collection. Each art image is accompanied by background information, a set of looking questions, and related classroom activity suggestions that students can use individually, in small groups, or as a whole class.

Provided by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Journey to Japan

From simple, Zen-like tea bowls to ornate lacquer boxes the objects in this presentation illustrate Japanese aesthetics and demonstrate both ways of making art particular to Japan, and techniques pioneered elsewhere and perfected in Japan. Functional objects introduce daily life during different time periods. Connections are made between Japanese and Chinese culture and art.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art
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