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Sadō (茶道, さどう)

Sadō literally means the way (道) of tea (茶), i.e. tea ceremony. Tea ceremony is very closely related to calligraphy. During the Muromachi period (室町時代, むろまちじだい, 1336 - 1573), an eccentric and to some extent controversial Zen monk, 一休宗純 (いっきゅう そうじゅん, Ikkyū Sōjun, 1394 - 1481), initiated merging the ritual of drinking tea with admiring calligraphy hanging in the床の間 (とこのま, tokonoma, i.e. “an alcove in the traditional Japanese style room”). Even today, Japanese style rooms are fitted with tokonoma, and also quite often with a special place for tea preparation.

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