Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History and Practice

Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History and Practice

By: Morgan Pitelka (editor)Hardback

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From its origins as a distinct set of ritualised practices in the sixteenth century to its international expansion in the twentieth, tea culture has had a major impact on artistic production, connoisseurship, etiquette, food, design and more recently, on notions of Japaneseness. The authors dispel the myths around the development of tea practice, dispute the fiction of the dominance of aesthetics over politics in tea, and demonstrate that writing history has always been an integral part of tea culture.

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Morgan Pitelka is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Occidental College, Los Angeles, specializing the cultural history of pre-modern Japan.


1. Morgan Pitelka Introduction to Japanese Tea Culture 2. Andrew M. Watsky Imai Sokyu: Commerce, Politics and Tea 3. Dale Slusser The Transformation of Tea Practice in Sixteenth Century Japan 4. Louise Allison Cort Shopping for Pots in Momoyama Japan 5. Morgan Pitelka Sen Koshin Sosa: Writing Tea History 6. Patricia J. Graham Karamono for Sencha: Transformations in the Taste for Chinese Art 7. Tanimura Reiko Tea of the Warrior in the Late Tokogawa Period 8. Tim Cross Rikyu Has Left the Tea Room: Cinema Interrogates the Anecdotal Legend 9. James-Henry Holland Tea Records: Kaiki and Oboegaki in Contemporary Japanese Tea Practice

Product Details

  • publication date: 24/04/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780415296878
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780415296878
  • weight: 518
  • ISBN10: 0415296870

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