Production for the french radio France Culture : Tea Art in Japan

Production for the french radio France Culture : Tea Art in Japan

Production and interviews :  Lydia Gautier

Supervise production : Judith d'Astier

Broadcasted the 27th of november 2001

Length : 1h23mn

The tea-plant, drinks ... - is at the heart of Japanese culture. Arrived on the Japanese archipelago in the twelfth century, "Camellia" took a few centuries a prominent place. More than just a drink, production and consumption of tea amount to an art in itself : from the tea pruning and plucking, to the art of preparing tea (Cha Do, Sencha Dô Ceremonies), through the art of shaping the tea leaves in factories. Revolve around tea also many associated arts (ceramics, cast iron, wood, architecture, floral art, art of incense). Fascinating product with sensual, artistic and socio-cultural dimensions, art of tea is also an etiquette and life skills, combining innovation and tradition, the image of Japanese society.

Interviews

Christine Shimizu, Chief Conservator of the Musée National de la Céramique de Sèvres, co-author and director for the book "Les arts de la cérémonie du thé, patrimoine national du Japon" (Ed.Faton) ; Juliette Soutel-Gouiffes, disciple of the Japanese Urasenke School, author of "La voie des quatre vertus" (Ed.La Table d’Emeraude) and of a thesis about State information in Japan ; Dominique Pascualini, laureate for the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, co-author of "Le Temps du Thé" (Ed.Marval) ; Nicolas Fiévé, CNRS Japanese civilisation architect-researcher au CNRS, co-author for "Les arts de la cérémonie du thé, patrimoine national du Japon" (Ed.Faton) ; François-Xavier Delmas, Palais des Thés CEO, French company of import and distribution of loose tea.

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Production for the french radio France Culture : Tea Art in Japan
Production for the french radio France Culture : Tea Art in Japan