Stories from a tearoom window

Shigenori Chikamatsu ‘Stories from a Tearoom Window’ – Tea Book Review

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Tea ceremony with its long-lasting history nowadays is often romanticized with many wishing they could travel in time to experience it when it was developing a few centuries ago. ‘Stories from a tea room window’ written by Shigenoti Chikamatsu and first published in1804 gives a secret look of what tea ceremony was like back in […]

Making tea, making Japan

K. Surak ‘Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice’ – Tea Book Review

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Chado – a uniquely Japanese tea ritual with both aesthetic and spiritual qualities, has attracted lots of attention all around the world with a number of books reviewing its philosophy, history and practice. ‘Making Tea, Making Japan’ by Kristin Surak, a university lecturer with vast experience in chado, presents chado as a tool of nation […]