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The exhibition venue is MOCA Taipei.

Map of MOCA Taipei

Street view of MOCA Taipei Plaza

Exhibition rooms:

Outdoor space (MOCA Taipei Plaza) is also available for consideration:

Taiwanese Tea Culture

Taiwanese tea culture is diverse, pervasive, and innovative. It’s less ritual, more casual. It’s an everyday thing.

Origin

Taiwanese tea culture mainly inherites from China — including tea arts, teahouses, and its social roles — and is also influenced by Japan, Southern Asia, and English tea cultures.

Read more about Taiwanese tea culture on wikipedia.

Traditional Taiwanese teahouse

There is no specific type of traditional Taiwanese teahouses. It could be a wooden building for tea arts, ceremony, social gathering, and selling of teawares. It could be a restaurant serving tea and meals. It could be a living room in a tea-lover’s family for tea appreciation. It could be a cozy penthouse or pavilion for friends gathering. It could be a shelter in a park or under a tree for elder people to social and leisure purposes.

Urbanized Taiwanese teahouse

Teahouses, or beverage kiosks, are quite a common sight populating the streets throughout Taiwan. As a small roadside shop, the typical storefront simply consists of a sign (usually in the form of a glossy backlit box sign) and counter, with limited or no seating area. Often integrated into veranda-esque “qi-lou” buildings – a staple feature in Taiwan’s tightly packed urban areas, these tiny, take-out only beverage kiosks are usually squeezed among other stores lining a busy street.

Although tea drinking in Asia has its roots in traditional practices (involving specific procedures and regulations on teapots, brewing time etc.), modern day Taiwan’s tea drinking culture drops the ritualistic and formalities, having evolved into a habitual part of everyday lifestyle. The inexpensive grab-and-go drinks teahouses offer, in particular, are favored by Taiwanese people merely as casual refreshments. On a hot summer’s day the sight of a long queue of young students lining up in front of a teahouse for an icy beverage is hardly surprising, nor is it uncommon to see the signature plastic-sealed cup as an accompaniment to a hazy afternoon’s office work following a lunch break.

Ancient Tea Art: Tea Fight - An Elegant Showdown

Traditional Tea Culture: Schooling Ritual/Wedding Etiquette

Traditional Teahouse District

Traditional Teahouses

Art Teahouses

Modern teahouses: Tea + Restaurant

Modern teahouses: Teaware shop, Beverage Kiosk

Modern tea culture: Indoor

Modern tea culture: Outdoor

Modern tea culture: Outdoor

Tea Multiculture: Hakka Tea

“Sen no Rikyu desired to learn The Way of Tea and so visited the Tea Master, Takeno Joo. As a simple test of whether to accept Rikyu or not Joo ordered him to tend the garden. Rikyu raked the garden until the ground was in perfect order. When he had finished he surveyed his work. He then shook a cherry tree, causing a few flowers and leaves to fall randomly on the ground. At that moment Takeno Joo knew Sen no Rikyu would be one the greatest example of wabi-sabi way of life.”

The Japanese tea ceremony developed as a “transformative practice”, and began to evolve its own aesthetic, in particular that of “wabi-sabi”.

“Wabi” represents the inner, or spiritual, experiences of human lives.
Its original meaning indicated quiet or sober refinement, or subdued taste “characterized by humility, restraint, simplicity, naturalism, profundity, imperfection, and asymmetry[, emphasizing] simple, unadorned objects and architectural space, and [celebrating] the mellow beauty that time and care impart to materials.”

“Sabi,” on the other hand, represents the outer, or material side of life.
Originally, it meant “worn,” “weathered,” or “decayed.” Particularly among the nobility, understanding emptiness was considered the most effective means to spiritual awakening, while embracing imperfection was honored as a healthy reminder to cherish our unpolished selves, here and now, just as we are – the first step to “satori” or enlightenment.

Laser engraving and cutting

To be provided by the vender.

CNC milling

The following materials are recommended by the CNC dealer with tested parameters, but not limited to the list.

Medium Density Fiber (MDF)
Size(ft): 4 x 8 Thickness(mm): 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 (Stackable)

Ply Wood
Size(ft): 4 x 8 Thickness(mm): 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18 (Stackable)

Pine Fingerjoint Panel
Size(ft): 3 x 8 Thickness(mm): 30, 45, 60
Size(ft): 4 x 8 Thickness(mm): 12, 18

Teak Fingerjoint Panel
Size(ft): 3 x 8 Thickness(mm): 18

Wooden Plastic Composite (WPC)
Size(ft): 4 x 8 Thickness(mm): 9 (Stackable by inquiry)

Other various types of exotic wood/hardwood available by inquiry

Polypropylene (PP)
Size: by inquiry Thickness(mm): 3, others by inquiry

Polyethylene (PE)
Size: by inquiry Thickness(mm): 3, others by inquiry

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Size: by inquiry Thickness(mm): by inquiry

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Size: by inquiry Thickness(mm): by inquiry

Acrylic
Size: by inquiry Thickness(mm): by inquiry