Tea Ceremony Master Ikka Tsukuda Reproduced Ancient Chinese Tea Culture at the Temple of Great Benevolence
Published:2017-07-31
 

From July 29th to 30th, world-renowned tea ceremony master Ikka Tsukuda came to Xi’an and gave a lecture on introduction to tea ceremony at the Temple of Great Benevolence during July 29th and 30th. It was a great occasion for Xi’an tea lovers to have close encounter with Japanese tea ceremony and to relive the cultural atmosphere of the ancient Tang and Song dynasties.

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Tea ceremony master Ikka Tsukuda lectures at the temple of great benevolence, reproducing the ancient Chinese tea culture in Xi’an.

The Japanese tea ceremony, which pursues “harmony, respect, purity and tranquility”, was originated in ancient China and when it was introduced to Japan in the Tang and Song dynasties, it combined with the local Japanese elements and turned into an art that represented the style and spirit of Japanese everyday life culture. It is now a comprehensive cultural art activity that integrated religion, philosophy, ethics and aesthetics with everyday life.

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Tea ceremony master Ikka Tsukuda lectures at the temple of great benevolence, reproducing the ancient Chinese tea culture in Xi’an.

For many years, Mr. Ikka Tsukuda have spared time travelling to China, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an and other cities to work on the cause of reproducing the Chinese ancient tea culture. When asked why he lectured laboriously on tea culture despite his old age, he said that the tea ceremony, which had its origin in Chinese culture, was known by very few people now in China. He hoped that his courses would deepen Chinese people’s understanding of their own culture and the ancient tea culture in old times.

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Tea ceremony master Ikka Tsukuda lectures at the temple of great benevolence, reproducing the ancient Chinese tea culture in Xi’an.

Mr. Ikka Tsukuda have had many years of connections with Xi’an. He was the first to perform tea ceremony in the National Museum (in 1985) ever since China and Japan established normal diplomatic relations. After that, he has been dedicated to the cultural exchanges between the two countries, including the organizational work for the rebuilding of Black Dragon Temple, the preparation and planning for the building of the memorial hall (in the Temple of Great Maternal Grace) for Master Monk Xuan Zang’s 1400th anniversary, the appraisal of tea sets unearthed at Famen Temple, and conducting studies of Yaozhou celadon when it was much less noticed, etc.

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Tea ceremony master Ikka Tsukuda lectures at the temple of great benevolence, reproducing the ancient Chinese tea culture in Xi’an.

As was revealed by Dada Muren, secretary general of Japan-China Tang & Song Tea Culture Exchange Association, that Mr. Ikka Tsukuda had promised with Master Zhao Puchu that he would do whatever can be done to reproduce Chinese tea culture and to help Chinese people to know more about Chinese tea culture in Tang and Song dynasties, and through which to learn more extensively about traditional Chinese culture.

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Tea ceremony master Ikka Tsukuda lectures at the temple of great benevolence, reproducing the ancient Chinese tea culture in Xi’an.

For the past two days, Mr. Ikka Tsukuda brought to us a feast of tea culture by lecturing on the history of Chinese tea culture, making specially cured Matcha, and teaching tea ceremony in person. All these benefited the tea learners present and gave them a memorable weekend in Xi’an.

[Source:sn.ifeng.com]