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Viewpoint Lecture - Infusing Women Into the History of Japanese Tea Culture

Cultivating Femininity Women and tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan by Rebecca Corbett
When:
October 27th
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Time:
10:30am
Past Event
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Where:
The Ringling
 

 

Although women make up around ninety percent of tea ceremony practitioners in contemporary Japan, histories of the practice typically ignore women’s presence until the late 19th century. In her recent book, Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan, Rebecca Corbett writes women back into the history of chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) in the Edo (1603–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods. 

In her talk, Dr. Corbett will introduce some of the main trends we can identify for women’s tea practice in these periods, including connections between learning tea and entering into service in an elite household, how studying tea was presented as a way for lower class women to become graceful, and how some groups of women, such as nuns, practiced tea as an art form that included the production and connoisseurship of utensils such as ceramic tea bowls and bamboo tea scoops.  

ViewPoints are made possible in part through the generosity of the Lester E. Bessemer and Mary Tilley Bessemer Endowment and the Siemer Family Ringling Museum Education Endowment.

 

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