The Heian-kyo Tea Party Incident

On December 16, 1773, in the court of Emperor Go-Momozono, the 118th emperor of Japan, a high-class ojou-sama spilt green tea on her silk kimono during an important tea ceremony. The pure white fabric embossed with chrysanthemum motifs was stained beyond repair.

This mishap caused an uproar amongst the court nobles and repercussions were felt throughout the Empire of the Rising Sun. It was then referred to as the Heian-kyo Tea Party Incident by nobles and commoners alike.

However, due to America’s importance on the world stage in latter years, history and modern school children will only remember another “Tea Party” which took place on the same date in Boston, America.

Teck Y. Loh

Author’s Note: By the way, a factoid is NOT a real fact. So don’t take this too seriously, okay?

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