The townsman Murata Jukou aka Shukou (1421-1502) of Nara, the early developer of wabi-style chanoyu. 'Til his era, artistic living is monopolized by Chinese art objects, but now relatively unsophisticated Japanese crafts gain appreciation. Commercial centers Kyoto, Nara, Sakai develop; affluent townsmen enjoy cultural hobbies such as noh and chanoyu.

He was obsessed with gambling in Tocha, so much so that he was sent away from his Shomyo-ji Buddhist temple in Nara. He was later accepted as disiple by Ikkyuu Zenji who encouraged him to fins Satori through practice of humble tea.

He developed the first Yo Jo Han which has become the standard size later. He started using a thatched tea hut, with a simple tea garden and using simple Japanese utensils. He is also the first to use a Ro in tea. His tea bacame known as Souan-style tea.


I do not like the moon in a cloudless sky.

As answer to why he made such small tea rooms.

any discrimination between oneself and the others vanishes, the virtue of gentleness prevail , and a new mutual understanding can be found.


chado: Murata Juko (last edited 2009-10-12 08:45:57 by MariusFroisland)