日本文化体験2016「茶の湯と日本文化」Experiencing Japanese Culture2016 – Chanoyu and Japanese Culture

January 10, 2017








最後に、第14代家元 不徹斎 千宗主さまより、お茶のルーツ、東洋・西洋におけるお茶の楽しみ方の違いなどをお話いただいた後、それぞれ制作時期や国の異なるお茶碗をご紹介いただきました。





On December 21, 2016, an event“Chanoyu (the Japanese Way of Tea) and Japanese culture” was held for international students of Tokyo University of the Arts. The cultural event took place at the Kankyuan Tokyo Brunch of Mushakouji Senke in Bunkyo, Tokyo, where 23 international students accompanied by 3 university staff members enjoyed a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

The group of participants first visited the garden with a facility staff member, who explained to them that the garden of a tea-ceremony house is planted with non-flowering evergreens, and uses plain, simple rocks and fittings that constitute the garden. He also added that a traditional Japanese tea-ceremony house is built intentionally to avoid sunlight for keeping the inside shaded even during the day so that the guests can calmly concentrate on and enjoy the tea. While listening to the explanation, the international students toured the garden and entered a small tea-ceremony house that looked unfamiliar to them.


The group was then invited to the tea-ceremony room where a tea ceremony, the highlight of the visit, would be held. The hanging scroll of “Buji” calligraphy greeted them just like the previous year. In front of the calligraphy that represents a well and sound state at the year end, the tea ceremony was conducted by a Mushakoji Senke tea master.

The international students tried to sit upright, which numbed their feet, and enjoyed tea and small sweets as well as the atmosphere of the ceremony.


Following the tea ceremony, the 14th Head Master Futessai Mushakouji Sen Soshu offered a talk on the roots of tea and different ways of enjoying tea in Asia and Europe. He showed different tea bowls of different ages and origins and explained their features and times of creation. The international students were given a chance to hold them to see the differences.


Through this short but unusual experience of Japanese culture, the participating students expanded their knowledge about Japan.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the people at Kankyuan for their time and support.