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The Tea Ceremony (Origami Classroom) [Paperback]

Sen'o Tanaka , Sendo Tanaka
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1 April 2000 Origami Classroom
Written by one of Japan's contemporary tea masters, this illustrated text takes a comprehensive look at the sources and inspiration of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony. The ceremony is traced from its earliest origins to the present day, and the individuals who helped it to evolve are studied. In Japan, serving tea is an art and a spiritual discipline. As an art, the tea ceremony is an occasion to appreciate the clean lines of the tea room's design, the feel of the bowl in the hand, the company of friends, and a simple moment of purity. As a discipline, it has roots in the

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; New ed of 2 Revised ed edition (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770025076
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770025074
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 18.7 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SEN'O TANAKA was born in 1928, the grandchild bf Sensho Tanaka, founder of the Japan Association of the Tea Ceremony (Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai). A graduate of the Tokyo Higher Mercantile Marine School, he studied Chinese literature at Nisho Gakusha University, and did graduate work in Oriental philosophy at Waseda University, where he earned a master's degree. Mr. Tanaka became the president of the Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai in 1961. In 1990, he became the senior executive director of the Santoku-an Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the tea association. He is the publisher of the monthly magazine Chado no Kenkyu (Studitis in the Tea Ceremony) and regularly contributes articles to the journal. He is the author of several books on the tea ceremony, including Chado Nyumon Handobukku. SENDO TANAKA was born in 1958, the eldest son of Sen'o Tanaka. After receiving a master degree in sociology from the University of Tokyo, he went abroad to study at Universite Laval in Quebec. In 1988, he became vice president of the Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai and the following year became a lecturer at Nihon University. He now teaches the art of tea at the association and lectures at Keio University. He has published several works, including the book Usucha no Temae.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tea Master User's Manual 31 Oct 2004
I bought this book almost two years ago, and I still refer to it from time to time, especially whenever I have a ceremony to hold.
If you are in for details and want to know all about Tea Ceremony, this book could be the most important comprehensive source of information for you.
The content is very well written, but falls under the technical/ documentary type of writing. At some points, you feel you are a Tea Apprentice, but if that is what you want, then it would be great.
The Photography is just perfect, some are artistic, but the majority are documentary-type photography.
Illustrations are numerous and very useful.
Design and Layout is very good in a way that respects the reader and goes with the aesthetics of the subject itself.
Finally, I highly recommend reading "The Book of Tea" by Kakuzo Okakura, which compliments "The Tea Ceremony" in a beautiful way. It has all what is missing from the latter; the poetic, philosophical and spiritual aspect of the Tea Ceremony itself. "The Book of Tea" is a short but a very deep yet simple book.
After reading both books, you just need to start practicing Chanoyu and then get any further education directly from Tea Masters, there won't be anything else left in books to read, just experience it in real life and indulge yourself in this very sublime spiritual world of serenity and inner peace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fairly good introduction to tea ceremony 20 Oct 2006
By K. Straley - Published on Amazon.com
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This bood is a fairly good intro to the Japanese tea ceremony for the absolute neophyte. Covering history, gardening and a very basic overview of the utensils and ceremony. For anyone wishing to know more about the actual procedures of the ceremony, the book falls short (however, I'm not aware of any books widely available that do a good job of explaining these procedures). As tea ceremony is best learned under the tutalage of an instructor, anyone more serious about tea would do best to seek out a teacher.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential preparation for doing business in Japan and with the Japanese, it is more than just sipping tea 24 Jun 2008
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Some aspects of a culture are deep-seated, traditional and can be puzzling to outsiders. Yet, some knowledge of that aspect will provide the foreigner with an enormous advantage as they try to enter that market and expand their business. In Japan, one very important tradition is the tea ceremony, and the ability of a foreigner to appreciate the role it has played in Japanese society can be a key to business success.
This book contains descriptions of the history of the ceremony, the role it has played in Japan and many of the ways in which it is conducted. Learning the basics of the ceremony is not difficult, yet it can be essential knowledge when meeting and interacting with Japanese business executives. It should be required reading for anyone with a need to prepare for meetings and interactions with executives of Japanese companies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautful book about an elegant ceremony 12 May 2011
By Nick Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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A few years back I participated in a tea ceremony in Japan as a tourist with little idea of what was going on besides that it was cool and elegant. Reading this book filled in for me what I missed -- and it was a lot. This is a wonderful introduction to that most Japanese of ceremonies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..A Different World of Time & Space" 29 Dec 2013
By Lois-ellin Datta - Published on Amazon.com
Readers enter this book as if a guest at a tea ceremony itself. The experience begins with admiring the cover, the letters almost an abstract composition on the subtly pale gold, the figure of a kneeling lady in a kimono shaded like a cherry petal, left hand supporting the celedon incense cup, right covering it, gazing down. We are invited to enjoy this quiet beauty, then turn to the opening pages.

On the left page, an extraordinarily skillful photograph showing textures & shadings: a single pink hibiscus, with yellow stamens arising from the cup, against the green star-galaxy of a moss garden, the lichened tree trunk aligned with the blossom, the blossom placed at the verge of moss and brown forest floor. Pause: feel the coolness, hear the faint sound of water, of leaves barely moving.

"The Tea Ceremony," published in 1977 by Harmony Books, can be in itself an exemplar of the art, values, and aesthetic of this ceremony. Like a No play, the ceremony has ancient roots. It intentionally moves slowly, permitting fullest admiration of each exquisite presentation in what Edwin Reischauer in his Foreword calls a different space and time.

Reischauer's Foreword, three wise pages on what a Westerner might experience and needs to be diffident about, is followed by Yasushi Inoue's three page preface bringing us closer to the significance of the ceremony in Japanese culture, and by author Sen'o Tanaka's two page poem-prose on the integration of Takeshi Nishikawa's photographs and the text.

"I always," Tanaka writes, "feel a joyous beating in my heart on seeing the greenness of the moss glistening in the rain, and I feel as though my heart and soul have been washed clean, like the moss."

The eight chapters of this art-size book include

--Cha-No-Yu (about the tea ceremony)
--Early History of Tea
--Tea Masters and Tea Styles
--Aesthetics of Tea
--Temae (correct or proper procedures)
--Performance of the Tea Ceremony
--Tea Architecture and Tea Gardens

There are an admirable section of notes to the beautiful plates, a Guide to classic Tea Houses, an excellent glossary, a Chronological Chart, a fascinating section on the Plan of Tea Rooms, and an Index, 215 pages in all. The details required for a perfect performance as host and guest seem innumerable, yet are but different paths to purification and tranquility shared with friends.

I read this before travelling in Japan to help gain insight on the aesthetic values of Japan that might be a hidden river nourishing the more contemporary worlds of skyscrapers and bullet trains. The book proved to be in itself a door to a world of living in the now, of appreciating each element including the fragrance of the tea, the harmony between the seasons and every aspect of the ceremony, that was wondrous even without Japan travel ahead. But it also helped greatly in appreciating what I was seeing in the monasteries, palaces, and the austere beauty of a tea room.

This is not an inexpensive book but it is, for the quality and wisdom, almost an invaluable one. The copy being reviewed is paperback and although much read, is in excellent condition, attention having been paid to layout, paper quality, and binding.

READER ALERTS? This book is almost 40 years old. Much seemed unchanged in the great gardens and legendary tea houses to which admission must be sought months ahead. Yet time moves on; values change; there may be new Tea Masters, new approaches. More recent books on the tea ceremony would be helpful reading.

Also, as another reviewer has pointed out, even a book as mindful & beautiful as "The Tea Ceremony" is an introduction for those new to the tradition, and readers may carry their knowledge humbly...grateful however that this book exists and opens the garden gate for us.

OVERALL: Enthusiastically recommended and enjoyable indeed with a cup of fine tea.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tea Ceremony 26 Oct 2012
By Ralph Olliges, Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was delivered in terrific condition. It was sent on time. The Tea Ceremony provides a terrific explanation of how a tea ceremony is performed and the utensils used.
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