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date: 12 November 2019

Furuta Oribelocked

(b Mino Prov. [now part of Gifu Prefect.], 1544; d Osaka, 1615).
  • Bruce A. Coats

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(b Mino Prov. [now part of Gifu Prefect.], 1544; d Osaka, 1615).

Japanese samurai and master of the tea ceremony. He strongly influenced the development of tea aesthetics in the late 16th century and early 17th (see Japan, §XV, 1). He was reportedly born into the Kuwahara family and then adopted by Yoshida Shigesada (d 1598). He became known as Oribe after his appointment as a military official, Oribe no Kami, of Mino Province in 1585, at which time he became commander of Nishigaoka Castle at Yamashiro, near Kyoto. Oribe distinguished himself in the service of the military dictators Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi and through them met Sen no Rikyū, the foremost practitioner of the wabicha tea ceremony, which was based on the concept of wabi (‘simple, austere natural beauty’). By 1590 Oribe was one of Rikyū’s most promising disciples, and the two exchanged poetry and attended tea ceremonies together. Remarkably, Rikyū chose Oribe as his successor in preference to his own sons; similarly, when Rikyū died in ...

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