Special Exhibition CHANOYU: Tea in the Cultural Life of Kyoto

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Date:October 8–December 4, 2022

The exhibition has two installations:
Part I: October 8–November 6, 2022
Part II: November 8–December 4, 2022
Some artworks may be rotated during the exhibition period.

Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Entrance until 5:00 p.m.)

Friday, Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 p.m.)
Adult 1,800 yen (1,600 yen) / Univ. Student 1,200 yen (1,000 yen) / High School Student 700 yen (500 yen)
* Discounted prices displayed in ( ) are for advanced ticket purchases, available for purchase August 26 to October 7, 2022.
* Information on advanced ticket purchases and sales locations is provided on the exhibition’s official website (Japanese only).
* Please show student ID for student admission.
* Admission is free for junior high school students and other youths age 0–15, visitors with disabilities and one caretaker. Please show ID.
* Admission is reduced by 500 yen for Campus Members (including faculty) able to produce ID.



Kyoto National Museum, Heisei Chishinkan Wing, Galleries
Access:527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku,
Kyoto, Japan 605-0931


The aesthetic and culinary culture of tea drinking was originally introduced to Japan from China, but over time tea practices changed in accordance with Japanese tastes and conventions. In medieval Japan, warriors became the primary connoisseurs of tea wares and other precious cultural objects imported from China, while weary pilgrims and travelers began drinking tea served from stalls outside shrines and temples.
These and other local customs led to the development of “chanoyu,” the ritualized practice of preparing whisked powdered green tea, which has come to be recognized the world over as a symbol of Japanese culture. This exhibition introduces masterworks relating to the history and customs of tea with a special focus on objects closely connected to Kyoto, the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years and center of the living culture of chanoyu.

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