"It was the Sengoku-era, when the warlords usurped each other. There was a man who's soul was overtaken by the ways of tea and material greed, as he worked his way toward greater power and status. His name was Sasuke Furuta, a subordinate warrior of Nobunaga Oda. With his world broadened by Nobunaga the Genius, and his spiritual insight learned from Senno Soueki the Master of Tea, Sasuke drove road to Hyoge Mono. To live or not to live. For the power or the art. That is the question!!"
The end of the worldis nothing else but this;Watching the monkey regentUnder the tree.- Quoted in George Elison, "Hideyoshi, the Bountiful Minister," in Warlords, Artists, and Commoners.
"During this tumultuous time of civil war, two leading generals — Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi — unified much of Japan. Both used tea ceremonies as a political tool in this process: They awarded tea wares for victories on the battlefield, and the tea room was used as a space for liaising and negotiations."