Grand Kitano Tea Ceremony

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The Grand Kitano Tea Ceremony (Japanese: 北野大茶湯; Kitanodaisane or Kitano ōchanoyu no kai) was a large Japanese tea ceremony that was hosted by the regent and chancellor Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the Kitano Tenmangū shrine in Kyoto on Shíyuè 1, Tenshō 15 (November 1, 1587).

Amongst the participants were Hideyoshi's three tea masters Sen no Rikyū, Tsuda Sōgyū, and Imai Sōkyū, as well as nobles and warriors. The set-up were various stations where each host accommodated very small to larger groups and prepared tea in front of them and served it. The Golden Tea Room was also set up in the gardens of the shrine.

Initially scheduled to be 10 days long, it was cut off by the regent after only one day for unknown reasons.[1]

A maiko serving tea at the shrine's yearly plum blossom festival

Based on this historic event, the shrine organises every year the Plum Blossom Festival (梅花祭, baikasai), held on February 25, with a large offering of tea and wagashi to about 3,000 guests, served by geisha and maiko.

In popular media[edit]

Hyouge Mono (へうげもの Hepburn: Hyōge Mono, lit. "Jocular Fellow") is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Yamada. It was adapted into an anime series in 2011, and includes the Grand Kitano Tea Ceremony in its story.[2]


  1. ^ Elison, George. "Hideyoshi, the Bountiful Minister." in Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (eds.) Warlords, Artists, and Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1981. pp239-241.
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