She returned to Los Angeles after World War II, a time of tension for Japanese Americans coping with the traumas of internment and discrimination. As a master practitioner of tea ceremony, Madame Matsumoto became a powerful figure for Japanese American representation and cultural understanding in the years after the war. She served tea to thousands of Japanese and American officials at the historic signing of the Treaty of San Francisco in 1951, also known as the Treaty of Peace with Japan. She went on to bring the art of Chado to American films, television, universities, museums, community organizations, and schools over the decades of her practice.
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