2015 / Huntington Library lecture to focus on women’s education and tea art, April 14

Women’s Chanoyu practice scene (Collection of the Konnichian Library, Kyoto)

Women’s Chanoyu practice scene (Collection of the Konnichian Library, Kyoto)

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

East Asian Garden Lecture Series

Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public / No reservations required

“Notes from a Kimono Sleeve: Women’s Education and Chanoyu”

By Janet Ikeda, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

In today’s world women play a vital role in sustaining the traditions and cultural legacy of chanoyu, the Japanese art of tea.

Chanoyu initially belonged to the male-dominated domain of tea masters, powerful patrons and warrior leaders of the 16th-18th centuries. It has only been in recent times that we see women take such a prominent role in the support and practice of this ancient art form.

This lecture will explore the little known 18th-century work “Notes from a Kimono Sleeve” and discuss prominent women of the Meiji period who included chanoyu in the curriculum of educating young women.

The Cafe in the New Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center will be open for a light supper prior to this event. From 5:30 p.m. until the start of the program, attendees can enjoy selected items including artisan pizzas, sushi, cheeses and charcuterie, and beer or wine, in a beautiful new dining venue overlooking the gardens.

(Please note the lecture will be in the Ahmanson room in the Botanical center.)

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108.  www.huntington.org

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