Tea making in Japan has a mystique that is a world apart from the hurried drink that is enjoyed in the West. Sado - the Way of Tea - is a highly stylized ritual that was formally established in the late sixteenth century by the master Sen-Rikyu. While the fundamentals of the ceremony were laid down by the Samurai, the esthetic comes from the austerity and grace of Zen Buddhism. The Japanese Tea Ceremony Gift Set is designed to bring a little calm and grace into your life by offering the chance to experience a simple form of relaxation that enhances self-awareness and social relationships. It will give you the opportunity to escape for an hour and immerse yourself in the elegant traditions of japan. To start you on your journey into the world of tea, the pack offers both the basic equipment and clear step-by-step instructions for carrying out your own tea ceremony at home, incorporated into a beautifully presented gift box. All that is needed for a splash of Eastern culture is the addition of hot water. Included in the pack are - A traditional Japanese teacup, a packet of matcha - powdered green tea, a bamboo whisk, and a beautifully illustrated book which explores the history and culture of Japan, the esthetics of tea, and the status of the tea ceremony in Japan today, together with over 100 illustrations and helpful diagrams.
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The problem with gift books is that you always feel guilty getting one for yourself. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a small book that comes in a big box--along with a traditional style cup, an unbelievable whisk fashioned from a single piece of split bamboo, and a packet of powdered green tea. But the book outshines even these accoutrements. Anthony Lee studied the art and philosophy of the tea ceremony with a master in Japan for eight years. Having also researched Chinese and Vietnamese versions, Lee imparts his wisdom and knowledge with reverential fondness. In addition to a succinct history of tea and the tea ceremony, Lee introduces two of Japanese art and spirituality's most important concepts, wabi (understated elegance) and sabi (serenity). He also describes in detail each item involved in tea ceremony and step-by-step instructions for performing it on your own (with a guest, of course). Lushly illustrated, The Japanese Tea Ceremony makes an ideal gift, and if you indulge in one for yourself, we won't tell. --Brian BruyaAbout the Author:
Anthony Man Tu-Lee was born in Canada but has been pursuing his Asian roots since he was a child. He lived in a small town at the foot of Mount Fuji, Japan, where he studied the forms, philosophy and history of the Japanese tea ceremony with a monk in Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. He is now actively involved in teaching Asian culture, performing and teaching the tea ceremony in Canada.
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Book Description Diane Pub Co, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0756754666