Dialogue as Poetic Imagination in the Way of Tea

  • Kyoko Murakami
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


This chapter explores the art of silence as a dialogic practice using Chado, the cultural practice commonly known as the Japanese tea ceremony. Introducing Bachelard’s concept of poetic instant, I suggest the art of silence as a dialogic practice. Then, I use Turner’s concept of liminality to illustrate the ritual process of dialogue. I discuss how the poetic instant suspends the flow of time and enables the tea participants to give a full attention to experience the here-and-now, where novelty emerges as creative imagination. In a given poetic instant, the silence in Chado is a zero signifier, suggesting that the ritual silence in Chado can be seen as a microgenetic process of the human becoming triggered by poetic instants for creative imagination.


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  • Kyoko Murakami
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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