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Tea of the Samurai in Times of War and Peace
Morgan Pitelka, Occidental College
Sunday, November 22, 2009 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lenart Auditorium UCLA Fowler Museum
Occidental College professor of history Morgan Pitelka examines how tea gatherings and collections of tea-related art played significant roles in the lives and careers of elite samurai between the 15th and 19th centuries. Samurai studied tea ritual, fetishized tea utensils, employed tea masters as diplomats and art connoisseurs, and came to understand immersion in tea culture as an opportunity for the cultivation of distinct warrior values.