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    Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice by Kristin Surak

    I have an extremely long reading to-do list. The books are mostly tea related though not always. This particular book has been on my Amazon wishlist for some time. It had come up in my recommendations but I thought it was a bit odd that I had never seen it mentioned on blogs or in my other tea circles. How could that be? Although it is a sociological study, I have to say that this is one of the most fascinating books on Japanese tea culture that I have had the pleasure to read. There were some parts that got a bit dry but otherwise I thought it was a very engaging read.…

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    The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery

    This book was recommended to me some time ago by Michele Brody while I was attending A Gift of Tea’s White Spring Tea. I finally got around to reading it and I am so glad that I did. While not necessarily about tea, Chado is woven artfully throughout the story. It tells the story of an orphaned American girl who is taken in by the daughter of an important tea master. The story is very compelling, especially if you have a passion for tea. How often do you see Rikyu discussed in a fictional novel? It was accurate both concerning history and tea. I loved all of the descriptions of tea houses, ceremonies…