We are welcoming in the New Year with room for new hobbies and experiences.
The world of Japanese tea has always been enshrouded by mystery. The Tea Ceremony itself is a ritual that is directly passed down from teacher to student. I remember going for my first tea lesson, and asked if I could bring a pen and paper to take notes. It's embarrassing thinking back to it now. How could I focus if I was busy transcribing the steps?
At the time, there were no books or videos attempting to teach the Tea Ceremony. As such, I got to enjoy being present in these weekly lessons, absorbing more knowledge with every cup I drank. You begin to realize there is so much more to the Ceremony than just the tea itself, the drinking of the tea being only a fleeting moment.
The Book of tea is a lot like this. The writing is less about Tea and more about reflection. It is written as an introduction for the West, and examines many of the differences between these two cultures. I love the section about flower arranging, the personification of these flowers and the cruelty of cutting them down. How the lesser cruelty is for the Japanese flower artist, who at least gives the flowers the respect and dignity they deserve.
5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches