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The Japanese way of tea : from its origins in China to Sen Rikyū

by:Sen, Sōshitsu, XV, 1923-

"The author follows tea drinking practices from their arrival in Japan to the time of Rikyu, considering at each stage the relevant historical changes and their significance for the Way of Tea. Shortly after its arrival during the Heian era (794-1185), tea was celebrated by Japanese poets, who attributed the same spiritual qualities to the beverage as had their Chinese contemporaries. During the medieval era, however, tea began to take on a distinctively Japanese character. Eisai (1141-1215), the founder of the Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism, accentuated the medicinal aspect of tea and saw it as a means of salvation in a spiritually degenerate age (mappo)."--Jacket.

Editions:21  Date:1983 - 2000  Genre(s):History


A history of the world in 6 glasses

by:Standage, Tom

Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization. For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.

Editions:57  Date:2005 - 2017  Genre(s):History


The ideologies of Japanese tea : subjectivity, transience and national identity

by:Cross, Tim

This study of the Japanese tea ceremony examines the ideological foundation of its place in history and the broader context of Japanese cultural values where it has emerged as a so-called 'quintessential' component of the culture.

Editions:13  Date:2008 - 2009


Tea of the sages : the art of sencha

by:Graham, Patricia Jane

"The Japanese tea ceremony is generally identified with chanoyu and its bowls of whipped, powdered green tea served in surroundings influenced by the tenets of Zen Buddhism. Tea of the Sages is the first English-language study of the alternate tea tradition of sencha. At sencha tea gatherings, steeped green leaf tea is prepared in an atmosphere indebted to the humanistic values of the Chinese sages and the materialistic culture of elite Chinese society during the Ming and Qing dynasties. This exceptionally well-illustrated volume explores sencha's philosophy and arts from the seventeenth century to the present."--Jacket.

Editions:7  Date:1988 - 1998


Tea and tourism : tourists, traditions and transformations

by:Jolliffe, Lee

The global production, marketing and consumption of tea present a resource for tea-related tourism. This book profiles tea cultures and examines the social, political and developmental contexts of using related traditions for touristic purposes. It views tourism related to tea from differing disciplinary perspectives.

Editions:15  Date:2007  Genre(s):Case studies


Tea parties

by:O'Connor, Jane

In her own inimitable style, the girl who loves to use fancy words provides tips on how to host the perfect tea party, describing how to behave, food and drinks to serve, games to play, and much more.

Editions:2  Date:2009  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Cookbooks, Cookbooks


Cha dao : the way of tea, tea as a way of life

by:Towler, Solala

Takes us on a journey through the Way of Tea, from its origins in the sacred mountains and temples of ancient China, through its links to Daoist concepts such as Wu Wei or non-striving and the Value of Worthlessness, to the affinity between Tea Mind and the Japanese spirit of Zen. This book is of interest tea lovers.

Editions:4  Date:2010  Genre(s):History


Making tea, making Japan : cultural nationalism in practice

by:Surak, Kristin, 1976-

The tea ceremony persists as one of the most evocative symbols of Japan. Originally a pastime of elite warriors in premodern society, it was later recast as an emblem of the modern Japanese state, only to be transformed again into its current incarnation, largely the hobby of middle-class housewives. How does the cultural practice of a few come to represent a nation as a whole? Although few non-Japanese scholars have peered behind the walls of a tea room, sociologist Kristin Surak came to know the inner workings of the tea world over the course of ten years of tea training. Here.

Editions:10  Date:2012 - 2013


The story of tea : a cultural history and drinking guide

by:Heiss, Mary Lou

"The story of tea begins with a journey along the tea trail, from the lush forests of China, where tea cultivation first flourished, to the Buddhist temples of Japan, to the vast tea gardens of India, and beyond. Offering an insider?s view of all aspects of tea trade, the Heisses examine Camellia sinensis, the tea bush, and show how subtle differences in terroir and production contribute to the diversity of color, flavor, and quality in brewed tea"--Publisher website (October 2007).

Editions:3  Date:2007  Genre(s):History, Cookbooks, Cookbooks


The tea ceremony

by:Tanaka, Sen'ō, 1928-

Cha-no-yu, the tea ceremony, has fascinated Westerners since the 16th century, when they first arrived in Japan. Much more than the formal exercise in etiquette that its English name implies, the tea ceremony is an art, an appreciation of beauty shared among friends, which has governed much of the aesthetic life of the Japanese since its introduction at the end of the Muromachi period. Infused with the same spirit of Zen that has pervaded so much of Japanese art, the tea ceremony comprises the contemplation and spiritual satisfaction derived from architecture, landscape gardens, ceramics, painting, flower arrangement, cooking, and, of course, tea. This magnificently illustrated volume by one of Japan's contemporary tea masters is written specifically to provide the Western world with a deeper understanding of the complexities and inspiration of this art form, to reveal how the discipline of the ritual leads the individual to greater understanding and appreciation of the world around him. -- Book Jacket.

Editions:36  Date:1973 - 2000


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