Call for Presentations: The 7th Ocha Zanmai: 2020 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture - Abstract Deadline: 15 January 2020

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Call for Papers
December 3, 2019 to January 15, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Ocha Zanmaiお茶三昧: San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture), established in 2012, is an interdisciplinary conference series that presents the latest research findings and significant work in the study of chanoyu (the Japanese tea ceremony), including various aspects of chanoyu culture as well as tea cultures of countries other than Japan that contribute to furthering the understanding and enjoyment of chanoyu.  Scholars, researchers, tea masters of various schools, museum curators, professionals, artists, and other individuals whose work concerns the fields stated above are all welcome to present at the Ocha Zanmai Conference.  Previous presenters include Dr. Isao Kumakura (President, Japanese Society for Studies of Chanoyu and Director, Miho Museum), Mr. Seiwemon Onishi (Chagama tea kettle maker), Dr. Louise Allison Cort (Smithsonian Institution), Rev. Geppo Kobori (Abbot, Ryoukoin, Daitokuji Temple), and other leading figures in chanoyu and tea culture studies.


The 7th Ocha Zanmai Conference

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Humanities Auditorium (Humanities Building, Room 133), San Francisco State University

Theme: Tea Culture in the Edo Period, 1603-1867


Guest Speakers

Naoko Umemura, Deputy Iemoto, Hosokawa Sansai School of Tea 細川三斎流家元代理梅村尚子氏 (Talk and Tea Demonstration)

Nobuko Fukaya, “New Kobori Enshu” 深谷信子氏「新たなる遠州像」

Patricia J. Graham, “Searching for the Spirit of the Sages: The Japanese Tea Ceremony for Sencha”  


Yoshiyuki Miyatake, “Lord Matsudaira Fumaiis Tea and Utensil Collections” 宮武慶之氏「松平不昧公の茶の湯と茶道具」


We are seeking one more presenter for the 7th conference.  The available time for the presentation will be 25 minutes including Q & A.

All proposals pertinent to Japanese tea culture in the Edo period will be fully considered, but we are particularly interested in studies on Sokan II 井伊宗観's philosophy and tea as well as those on women's participation in the tea ceremony.  If you are interested, please submit a 1-2 page abstract in English.  No need to submit a full paper at this time.  Graduate students are encouraged to apply.  

Contact Info: 

Midori McKeon

San Francisco State University

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