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Cha-No-Yu: The Japanese Tea Ceremony

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The Japanese tea ceremony, or cha-no-yu, is one of the last vestiges of an older, gentler era. Today, it resonates as a metaphor for ancient Japanese society.First published in 1933, this classic remains the gold standard for books on the five-centuries-old tea ceremony. Illustrated with traditional drawings of furniture and utensils, tearoom architecture, garden design, f ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1933)
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I was not expecting a historical view of the tea ceremony, but that is what this book is.

The first part reviews the sizes, shapes, and designs of the ancient teahouses in extreme depth. This part was a little slow to get through, but the diagrams of the tearooms and pictures of lanterns helped with understanding the dimensions and details that were in the book.

The second part was what I found far more interesting. It is a compliation of various stories about the tea masters from the 1600's and
Eliot Gilbert
This book was a comprehensive look into everything I wished to know about the ceremony - except for the ceremony itself. It left me with much information regarding tea rooms, the aesthetic of the ceremony, the different accoutrements, and I feel quite confident that I could even build a historically accurate Japanese tea house if I wanted to. Which is pretty cool. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of mention on how to perform the ceremony, however. The art form takes many years of study to ...more
Travis King
The book does and entertaining job of recounting some of the stories around the Cha-no-yu, but falls short when it comes to going into detail on the ceremony itself.
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