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.