The Roots Of Tea From Japan

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TYPOLOGY REPORT INTA3222: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ASSESMENT 2 NAME: ANNA LI STUDENT NUMBER: 3415239 TUTOR: BELLA DUNSTAN WORD COUNT: The roots of tea settled in Japan during 1191, marking the beginnings of Japanese tea ceremonies and architecture. The architecture of teahouses in Japan bloomed slowly, with the birth of tea masters and disciples. The architects of these spaces were credited with the art of tea before the analysis and creations of rooms to share this art. Many of these tea rooms had the same tea master, architect, and builder. As such, this was the case with the Tai-an designed by the legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-91) in 1582, and the Shoko-ken designed by Sen no Rikyu’s disciple Hosokawa Tadaoki…show more content…
After the second nationalisation, and the period of western influence, they finally hit the third and final nationalisation that lead to the modern and contemporary. (Harada 1954, p. 9-25) In the era in of Sen no Rikyu, the affluent tea master to Nobunaga and Hideyoshi, teahouse architecture focused on spirituality, a connection with nature, your inner self, your host and the medicinal qualities of tea. In particular, Rikyu focused on simplicity, where spiritual ceremonies does not have to go beyond the host and the guest. Rikyu, was the first to design the two mat tea room; the Tai-an, an example of the smallest type of tearoom and the epitome of a teahouse designed in the same concept as the tea ceremony, the wabi-cha, an emphasis on simplicity (Kirby 1962, p. 197) In comparison, Hosokawa Tadaoki’s Shoko-ken was designed specifically in the daime sukiya tradition of tea-house architecture from the Momoyama period (1568-1600), distinctive for its use of shorter mats and central post structure to differentiate the spatial hierarchy of the space between the host and guest. (Walker 2002, p.5) Nevertheless, as time passes architectural styles will always become altered, however the traditional principals of tea ceremony and its architecture never really faltered. For

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