Did you know? Hosting a tea ceremony was an honor granted to only a select number of high-ranking samurai warriors. These samurai built tea rooms in their castles and homes to host political allies and adversaries.

Swords would be left at the door, but politics were always discussed. Practicing perfect tea etiquette ensured that one would not offend the host, who might be a potential ally—or foe. 

Learn more about the cultural pursuits of these legendary warriors in Samurai: Beyond the Sword at the DIA. http://bit.ly/NY1oRT

Image: Cup Stand, Unknown Artist, 1368/1644, lacquer, mother-of-pearl, wood. Detroit Institute of Arts