- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Tuttle Pub (1977)
- ASIN: B000KY67SA
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,897,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cha-No-Yu: The Japanese Tea Ceremony
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The book is interesting in that it discusses many particulars of the tea ceremony and its equipment, but balances this information nicely with many anecdotes which convey the "feeling" of the tea ceremony. The book also provides the reader with valuable historical insight about the development of the tea ceremony.
An important feature of the book is that the index contains the Kanji characters for the items listed.
I did not give the book a five star rating because it has black and white plates which do not adequately convey the colors of the tea bowls, and because many particulars of the tea ceremony could have been given more comprehensive treatment.
I have, however, re-read my copy several times, and I think that it is well worth adding to your book collection.
Perhaps accidentally mirroring Tea aesthetics, the book is astoundingly asymmetrical, consisting of three chapters of wildly varying length and character. The first chapter is 92 pages and goes into the many details about the actual tea ceremony: its customs and procedures, its utensils and settings, its early history and philosophical background. Some of the seemingly nitpicky step-by-step descriptions herein can border on the tedious at times, but it is what it is (as they say)--if you want to know what the Tea Ceremony is like, this is an important part of it. The massive second chapter takes up more than half of the book and is perhaps the most interesting in some ways.Read more ›
The first book about this is "the way of tea" by Okakura. But this, the second...written almost 30 years later...is really complete.
Enjoy and drink a green elixir.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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