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Sen no Rikyu

Great tea master. Rikyo perfected the art of the tea ceremony during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1576-1603). Born in Sakai, Osaka, Rikyo studied the art of the tea ceremony under Kitamuki Dochin and Take no Jo-o. He then served Nobunaga Oda and Hideyoshi Toyotomi. He performed the tea ceremony at court when Toyotomi was given an audience by the Emperor Ogimachi. At this time, Rikyu was granted the title of "Koji" by the emperor. He officiated the grand tea ceremony held in Kitano, Kyoto, under the sponsorship of Toyotomi. However, when Rikyu arranged for a statue of himself to be placed on the upper floor of the main gate of Daitoku-ji Temple, Toyotomi was angered and forced Rikyu to commit ritual suicide as a consequence.

Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett


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  • Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
  • Added: 20 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7470659
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sen no Rikyu (1522–21 Apr 1591), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7470659, citing Juko-in Temple (sub-temple of Daitoku-ji temple), Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan ; Maintained by Find A Grave .