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Monk Todaseizan of Kyoto Daitokuji-Daiji-in Temple performing tea ceremony ©Todaseizan

Private view

Thursday 20 July 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Private View: The Kyoto Tea House - An Impression

13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Fully booked

In this exhibition, several famous Kyoto tea houses will be introduced through photographs, architectural diagrams and other forms, to convey an understanding of key concepts such as wabi-sabi. This exhibition will give the viewer a feel for the Zen-influenced culture surrounding the Kyoto tea house, and highlight the history of the renowned Uji tea growing region south of Kyoto.

The ‘Kian’ teahouse will also be on display, a simple bamboo construction which through its incompleteness demonstrates the beauty and philosopy underlying the Kyoto tea house.

Japan’s leading calligrapher Tomoko Kawao offered a calligraphy demonstration during the private view.

The exhibition is curated by Spin180 and it has been made possible with the kind assistance of Kyoto Prefectural Authority and Daitokuji-Daiji-in Temple.


About the contributors


Spin180 is an Amsterdam-based company which promotes cultural links between Japan, the UK and Europe. Our last exhibition, closing in April, was a history of Osaka trains at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum. Our next exhibition will be on the life and works of Sakubei Yamamoto, a coal-miner painter granted UNESCO Memory of the World registration and will be on at the National Coal Mining Museum for England from September, 2017.

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