About Kobori Enshu School of Tea Ceremony

Founder Kobori Enshu

Daimyo (feudal lord) Kobori Enshu (1579―1647) founded the Kobori Enshu school of tea ceremony.

He was a student of Furuta Oribe (1543-1615) who in turn studied under one of the most influential tea masters, Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591). Kobori took over Oribe’s teachings, moving away from the independent styles of his predecessors, expanding the tea ceremony to a wider audience of the samurai class.

Kobori Enshu deepened the aesthetic of the Japanese tea ceremony, applying the idea of “Miyabi,” Japanese elegance or grace, to form “Kireisabi,” an expression of beautifully worn grace.

Currently there are two schools in the Enshu style. The branch of the Kobori Enshu-ryu belongs to the lineage of Enshu’s younger brother Masayuki, and is connected to us in a direct line from Enshu, and conveys the tradition of the correct Enshu style.

The Kobori Enshu tea school is now run by the 16th grand master Kobori Soen.

Kobori House Tea Tools Room Kama

Additional Kobori Enshu Resources


Kobori Enshu had an impact on a wide range of Japanese arts including architecture, painting, poetry, flower arrangement, and garden design. Kobori Enshu school of Tea Ceremony website has more information about Kobori Enshu here.