Modern Korai Chawan Exhibition
May 14, 2015 - May 30, 2015
Korai chawan, which was used in Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) from around the mid-16th century, was originally a bowl for everyday used made in the Korean peninsula. The term “korai” in korai chawan means “coming from Korea”. It wasn’t until Japanese tea ceremony masters recognized and appreciated the unique aesthetic of these bowls, coining the term “wabi” (an aesthetic characterized by its simplicity and quiet), that they became a staple utensil within the Japanese tea ceremony.