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.
'A volume that succeeds so well in its agenda of opening up and modifying ways of thinking about Japan's tea culture deserves a wide readership.' - Monumenta Nipponica
1. Introduction to Japanese Tea Culture Morgan Pitelka 2. Imai Sôkyû: Commerce, Politics and Tea Andrew M. Watsky 3. The Transformation of Tea Practice in Sixteenth Century Japan Dale Slusser 4. Shopping for Pots in Momoyama Japan Louise Allison Cort 5. Sen Kôshin Sôsa: Writing Tea History Morgan Pitelka 6. Karamono for Sencha: Transformations in the Taste for Chinese Art Patricia J. Graham 7. Tea of the Warrior in the Late Tokogawa Period Tanimura Reiko 8. Rikyû Has Left the Tea Room: Cinema Interrogates the Anecdotal Legend Tim Cross 9. Tea Records: Kaiki and Oboegaki in Contemporary Japanese Tea Practice James-Henry Holland