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Tenmoku traces its history back to China’s Song Dynasty, when Japanese monks who studied in China brought Tenmoku wares back to Japan from a Chan Monastery on Tianmu Mountain situated on the border of Zhejiang and Anhui. The development of Japanese tea ceremony ensued. These tea bowls were known in Japan as “Tenmoku tea bowls.” Modern Japan now counts tea bowls brought back from the four Jian Kilns of Song Dynasty among its national treasure, which is testament to its fascination with Tenmoku tea bowls. The art of making Tenmoku, which was almost lost for more than eight hundred years, has for the past decade been revived in Taiwan. Thanks to this, we can now experience the splendor and prestige of the Jian Kiln of Song Dynasty.