Soetsu Yanagi was a tea master who believed that a "tea
cup" represented much more than a material item. The "tea
cup" and the "tea ceremony" are traditional Japanese
arts that symbolize the serenity of the mind and of life itself.
The words "tea cup" in the following poem have a much
deeper meaning when you remember its symbolism.
When you become familiar with a tea cup,
you feel more at home.
The tea cup attempts to connect everyone in a family
into a warm unity.
In such unity, it is possible to fully relax and reach peace of mind.
The tea cup belongs to the family.
Without the tea cup, we would have no family anywhere.
If you love the tea cup, you will always try to return
to your own family.
Tea cups will choose nice families.
(translated by Laura Bryant-Earner)
Exhibitions at museums in Japan
Last updated on December 12, 2016