Friday, May 28, 2010

The Japanese Tea Ceremony by A.L. Sadler

I picked a copy of this up on my last visit to Mitsuwa Marketplace but haven’t had a chance to read it until now. While I do own all the accoutrements associated with Cha-No-Yu, I really don’t know a whole lot about it. It’s one of those things that you could spend a lifetime studying and still not know all there is to know. This book read more like a history text book than an instructional guide. If you aren’t careful it is easy to get tripped up by all the Japanese names for people and places. I had an high school teacher who beat it into my head that you don’t need to be able to pronounce names or understand what they mean. Her voice in my head made it a lot easier. Despite those misgivings, I enjoyed this peek into the history and lore of the Japanese tea ceremony. There are lots of tidbits on famous tea masters and pieces of tea ware. I am intrigued by it all. Every movement and every article has a meaning and a purpose. Someday I’d like to take a few classes in Cha-No-Yu but for now this was a decent crash course.