For centuries, the Japanese people have perfected the tea ceremony. This is a ritual practiced throughout their society. It involves an intricate set of specific steps that must be performed by the host and guests. Each person has a defined place within the ceremony. There are many different types of...

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Archaeologists have discovered many ancient sites in Japan that contained pottery shards. Some of these pieces have been dated as old as 12,000 years. This is a culture that has long experience in producing both pottery and ceramic items. There is little wonder that some of the world's finest art...

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Many cultures have produced beautiful paintings. These works have been used as a basis for establishing how to create pieces of art in this medium. European masters have long been studied by many modern artists. These older paintings are used to judge modern works of art throughout the world. Over...

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When a culture takes the time to formalize a daily event into a ritual, they must have implements for it. The Japanese culture has ritualized the event of taking tea together. In order to satisfy this ritual, formal tea sets are a necessity. Many families have more than one set....

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