Responsable: Martin Nogueira Ramos

École française d'Extrême-Orient
Kitashirakawa bettô-chô 29, Sakyô-ku
606-8276 Kyoto
Tel: +81 75 701 0882
Fax: +81 75 701 0883
〒606-8276 京都市左京区北白川別当町29

Kyoto Lectures 2018-01-24
École française d’Extrême-Orient EFEO
Scuola Italiana di Studi sull'Asia Orientale ISEAS
co-hosted by Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

Wednesday, January 24th, 18:00h    
Please note that this lecture will be held at the Kyoto centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient
Tea Making and Drinking  
Socio-Economic Perspectives on late 19th and early 20th-century Japan   

Speaker: Robert Hellyer
Around the time of the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan developed a tea export industry, shipping large volumes of green tea to the United States, then a predominately green-tea consuming nation.  This presentation will use a socio-economic lens to outline the making of export tea, highlighting the perspectives of farmers, workers in refining factories, as well as the craftsmen who made the chests and the artists who created the labels adorning the tea packages shipped to the United States.  It will also consider how the export trade influenced tea drinking practices in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s, creating trends that continue to shape Japanese tea consumption today.       

Robert Hellyer
(Ph.D. Stanford), a historian of early modern and modern Japan, is associate professor at Wake Forest University since 2005. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he is a Visiting Research Scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto. His previous research on Edo period foreign relations was presented in a monograph, Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640-1868 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009).  He has also published on the socio-economic integration of the Pacific Ocean in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and is now completing an international history of Japan’s export of green tea to the United States from circa 1850 to 1950.
For detailed directions:  
École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO)  
Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS)  
EFEO  Phone: 075-701-0882  
Fax: 075-701-0883
ISEAS Phone: 075-751-8132  
Fax: 075-751-8221  

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