Five College Consortium

Tea Ceremony & Jpns Culture

Subject Name: 
Asian Languages & Civilization
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Amherst College

(Offered as ARHA 383 and ASLC 319) An examination of the history of chanoyu, the tea ceremony, from its origins in the fifteenth century to the practice of tea today. The class will explore the various elements that comprise the tea environment-the garden setting, the architecture of the tea room, the forms of tea utensils, and the elements of the kaiseki meal. Through a study of the careers of influential tea masters and texts that examine the historical, religious, and cultural background to tea culture, the class will also trace how the tea ceremony has become a metaphor for Japanese culture and Japanese aesthetics both in Japan and in the West. There will be field trips to visit tea ware collections, potters and tea masters. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester.  Professor Morse.

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Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
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Tea Ceremony & Jpns Culture
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Samuel Morse MW 02:00PM-03:20PM FAYE 113