At the end of 18th century, the Sencha tea ceremony became popular among the common people, merchants and artists, who aspired to social equality with the elites which practiced the Chanoyu tea ceremony. Both of these encounters can be likened to philosophical and literary salons in which the objects (okimono) are the source of endless dissertations and discussion. The same is true of utensils for tea, paintings, bamboo baskets for Ikebana and objects of Chinese origin called karamono. A symbol of sophistication and prestige for this new elite of Sinophiles, called bunjin, the study of karamono was synonymous with education and good taste. For this exhibition, we have assembled a selection of Japanese scholars' objects which are less well known than classical Chinese items. In their pure connection with the Chinese literati, these elaborated bamboos, roots, and stones which evoke geographical miniatures or pictorial representations, all celebrate the mystery of nature and the remarkable and unique connection that ties it to the people of Asia.