The father of Wabi-cha, Jukou Murata sheltered himself by Ikkyu Soujun. Whilst being in the fancy world of Toucha, Jukou was failing to find fulfillment. With the help of Ikkyu's wit, the Shogun who approached the temple, and his fantasy Sayo's words, Jukou manages to reach the essence of Zen, and create Wabi-cha.

To 47 prefectures and overseas

We aims to show Jukou's IORI in all 47 prefectures of Japan and so far. We have performed in 28 prefectures, 45 venues (134 stages altogether) as of Jan.,2019. At all the various places that we have visited, every person we have met and all the time spent has been precious experiences . We continue to plan to show this play in the rest of the country and also overseas.

Construction of the play

A tea ceremony starts by being served a kaiseki meal for the zen-seki, followed by a break during the nakadachi, and then ends by having koi-cha (thick tea) or usu-cha (thin tea) in the ko-seki. In Jukou's IORI, we will welcome our viewers with a play instead of a meal, which will introduce Jukou Murata, the father of wabi-cha. After the nakadachi, the viewers will be lead into the story to experience a tea ceremony, along with tea and sweets.


characters will lead the audience from the machiai (Waiting room) to the tea room.

(2)Zen-seki 1

The story of Jukou Murata begins. A fancy game of Toucha will be seen.

(3)Zen-seki 2

Jukou comes to Ikkyu to be preached, but Jukou's first love, Sayo appears bofore him.


Audience will meditate along with Jukou and experience the characters' states of mind.


Jukou becomes the host and will serve usu-cha and japanese sweets to guests.

The international version, “the messenger's account”

In 2014, we stayed in Kinosaki International Art Center to begin working on the inernational version, “the messenger's account”. In addition to the original Japanese cast, we had an English speaking cast to act as type of translator. We are currently working on this new direction.*

*We plan to have an English cast for showing in English speaking countries, and a cast speaking the official language for other countries.


Playwright and Director|Rengyou
Tea ceremony advisor|Motohiro Jubishi
Translations, English|Yumiko Deguchi

Stage manager|Tomohiko Watarikawa
Production manager|Junko Uemura

Co-operation|Master of Sado Urasenke tea school - Sen Soushitu
   Fringe Theatre Association
   Kinosaki Internaional Art Center
Support|Marukyu Koyamaen
   Traditional Japanese Incense SHOYEIDO
   Matsuura Yoshinori Store


Eisei Theatre Group

Founded in 1995 in order to find “theatrical expressions and techniques that can only be done in plays in small theatres”. While based in Kyoto, Eisei also travels the entire country showing our plays, of course using venues that already exist, but also temples, churches and any other place that is not necessarily a theatre. Eisei also holds various workshops using acting as a tool, to bring drama into places that wouldn't have drama otherwise.


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