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Tea Books
23 Titles as of Feb. 22, 2006

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Rakuyaki-Sosei.jpg TITLE: Rakuyaki Sosei
$33.00
  • Author Kichizaemon Raku
  • Published by Tankosha, 2001
  • 183 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 112 pages, 60 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • A look into the history of Raku pottery written by the current Raku, Kichizaemon XV. Essay themes include the Momoyama Period, What is a Raku chawan, Who was Chojiro, Chojiro and Rikyu, Why is a Chojiro chawan small, among many other topics, including the kiln and forming process. This is followed by a look at the life and works of many generations, along with a guide to seals and a Raku-line biography.

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Rikyu-Shape-and-Design.jpg TITLE: Rikyu-Gata: Rikyu's Shape and Design
$160.00
  • Published by Sekaibunkasha, 1991
  • 230 X 286 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 216 pages, 178 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Sen no Rikyu (16th century) is considered the greatest Tea master ever and he set many "ways" of doing things that survive today. That includes being an artistic director for many wares. This book looks at the various designs and shapes of works that Rikyu favored or created. We find tea caddies, kettles, mizusashi, tea bowls (mostly Raku), tea scoops and examples of other instruments (made of clay, metal, bamboo and lacquer) used in a Way of Tea Gathering and meal. Large color photographs accompany the introductory text of each item. This good introduction to a beautiful Tea aesthetic is bound in purple cloth and comes in a colorful slipcase.

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Senchadogu-Meihinshu-4.jpg TITLE: Senchadogu Meihinshu
Masterpieces of Sencha Tea Wares

$135.00
  • Author Koraku Ogawa
  • Published by Tankosha, 2003
  • 217 X 305 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 192 pages, 307 photos (Color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • A deluxe hardcover book featuring many color photos of all utensils used for making steeped tea in the ritualized Way of Sencha. The book features detailed essays, photos of braziers (ryoudo), bases (ryodai), water containers (yuhei), pourers (chahei), cups and saucers (sencha wan and chataku), tea jars and scoops (chatsubo and chasoku) and ewers (suichu) all in Chinese and Japanese styles. Some B&W photos of tea sets and display stands are also shown along with famous teahouses.

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TITLE: Shifuku - Pouch for Holding the Life of Things
$38.00
  • Author Junko Yanagi
  • Published by Bunkashuppankyoku, 2002
  • 192 X 245mm
  • Soft cover
  • 108 pages, 86 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Shifuku is a style of cloth pouch developed in Japan. One form of shifuku can be used for hundreds of different vessel styles. Shifuku are often found holding chaire (tea caddies), chawan (tea bowl), jubako (stacked boxes), as well as wine glasses and books. This book also explores ways to make one's own shifuku and presents a series of pictures showing how.

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TITLE: Special Exhibition Sen-No Rikyu, 400th Memorial
$61.00
  • Published by Kyoto National Museum, 1990
  • 225 x 290 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 360 pages, 269 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese and English
  • A thick catalog from the Kyoto Museum's special Sen-no-Rikyu exhibition held in 1990. Rikyu was the founder of the Sen line of Tea that includes the Omotesenke and Urasenke schools. He is the most important figure in Japanese Tea history and this catalog focuses on many Tea utensils associated with him, including chawan that he commissioned and used, his letters, bamboo vases and tea scoops he made, and many other important items, a total of 256 works shown in color. A brief opening essay and the list of works is in English, all other essays and captions are in Japanese only.

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Oct-2005-4-Zen-Ceramics-Intl-Living-Pottery-Art-of-Taiwan-Japan-Korea.jpg TITLE: Tea, Zen, Ceramics -- International Living Pottery Art of Taiwan, Japan and Korea
$40.00
  • Published by Fo Kuang Yuan Art Gallery, 2002
  • 210 x 297 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 80 pages, 60 photos (Color)
  • Language Chinese and English
  • Catalogue of exhibition held at Fo Kuang Yuan Art Gallery in Taipei in 2002 with ceramists from Japan, Korea and Taiwan (7 from Korea, 17 from Taiwan, and 6 from Japan), including the artists Mihara Ken, Ohmichi Masao, Sugimoto Sadamitsu, Miyazaki Yusuke and Terui Ichigen. Every two pages provides an explanation of the work and the profile of the ceramist in both Chinese and English.

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TITLE: World of Tea Utensils Vol. 3 - The Japanese Tea Bowl
$35.00
  • Published by Tankosha, 2000
  • 150 X 210mm
  • Soft cover
  • 160 pages, 123 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • A true lover of the tea ceremony must have knowledge of tea utensils. This book contains Japanese tea bowls of different styles, such as Shino, Setoguro, Oribe, Kiseto, Karatsu and Iroe. Carries photographs of various kodai (the foot-ring of a tea bowl) and mikomi (the inner well of a tea bowl) through different angles. Third volume in a series of 15 books and one that captures the charm of tea ceremony utensils. In Japanese only.

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