1522-1591. Tea master of the Azuchi-Momoyama period who brought to completion the tea ceremony as now known. Also used the name Sōeki. He was born and raised in Sakai, a free port city at that time, and learned the tea ceremony from Kitamuki Dōchin and Takeno Jōō. He entered the service of Oda Nobunaga in 1568, and later, of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He broke new ground in defining the concepts of wabi in the tea ceremony, and thereby contributed to the development of the remote, rustic atmosphere of the tea garden.
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