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Make a delicious bowl of tea; lay the charcoal so that it heats the water; arrange the flowers as they are in the field; in summer suggest coolness; in winter, warmth; do everything ahead of time; prepare for rain; and give those with whom you find yourself every consideration.A disciple remarked that this seemed elementary. Rikyu replied, "Then if you can host a tea gathering without deviating from any of the rules I have just stated, I will become your disciple." A Zen reply. Fascinating. --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a book I will never forget, and probably because I keep reading it again!
This book does indeed teach the history of tea and its preparation, but it also provides an eloquent introduction to Teaism and other aspects of Japanese culture.
I would recommend this short book to anyone interested in Asia, it's history and philosophy, and as well, it's tea.
Good shipping time and the books were in lovely condition! This is my absolutely favorite book, so if you have any interest in the subject matter at all, I highly recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Camille
Great reading and very beautifully produced, the book is presented in a sleeve, covered with Japanese paper. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aafke-Art
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It is a simple introduction book about the traditional tea drinking, very simple to learn.Published 4 months ago by Quynh Tran
First off, not really about tea. It's an overview of the history and philosophy of China and Japan through talking about tea. Read morePublished 4 months ago by taylor storey
I enjoyed this book because of its accuracy and detail. The author seemed to be informed about the world of tea including the medicinal aspects. The cover caught my eye. Read morePublished 5 months ago by VVM
I believe it is good as an introductions of related philosophies that made the foundation of the tea ceremony. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hoge