The Fourth Ishibashi Foundation Lecture Series (2017)

External event - Kyushu National Museum

Saturday 27 May, 2017
1:00pm BST - 4:00pm BST

Venue: Museum Hall, Kyushu National Museum

Japanese Tea as Culture, Japanese Tea as Product

Japanese tea culture is often considered to be one of the most unfathomable Japanese cultural phenomena for outsiders. However, recent research by scholars in the West show that the culture and history surrounding tea have been nurtured in a profoundly international context. Observing the tea culture from outside of Japan and focusing on the history of trade and consumption of green tea, we will explore the transnational nature of ‘tea’.

Opening remarks
Shimatani Hiroyuki, Director, Kyushu National Museum
David Richardson, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia

Lecture 1
Individuals, Objects, and Networks in the History of Japanese Tea Culture
Morgan Pitelka, Director, Carolina Asia Center and Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lecture 2
Japanese Tea as an American Beverage: From the Meiji Restoration to Today
Robert Hellyer, Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University

Panel Discussion
Ito Yoshiaki, Deputy Director, Kyushu National Museum

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