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The Tea Ceremony Club of the Tokyo Fine Art School

In the late nineteenth century, the tea ceremony became part of the formal curriculum for the education of girls. However, voluntary societies for the tea ceremony were a later phenomenon. A

very early example is the Tea Ceremony Club of the Tokyo Fine Art School (now the Tokyo University of the Arts), which held its first meeting on 6 June 1925. Such societies were later established at other universities, at Keio Gijiku (now Keio University) in 1933, and Kyoto University in 1941, but there are no other known examples from the 1920s.

The Tokyo Fine Art School was exclusively for men at that time, and the society was founded by students with an interest in crafts.

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