Background Research - Chawan (Japanese Tea Bowl)
1. Read this article about the Japanese tea ceremony and answer the following questions.
- What is the tea ceremony called in Japanese?
- What religion was first associated with the Japanese tea ceremony?
- When did tea ceremonies begin in Japan?
- Why is there a ritual around drinking tea?
- From what culture did the Japanese tea bowl originate from?
2. Read this article "Kodai - What's the Fuss About the Foot" and explain why the foot is an important part of a tea bowl.
3. Search for "chawan" in Google Images. List 4 characteristics of Japanese tea bowls that you noticed by looking at images of chawan.