Imported to Japan from China during the 9th century, the custom of serving tea did not become widespread until the 13th century. By the late 15th and 16th centuries, tea was ceremonially prepared by a skilled tea master and served to guests in a tranquil setting. This way of preparing tea became known as "chanoyu," literally "hot water for tea." This elegant book explores the aesthetics and history of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, examining the nature of tea collections and the links between connoisseurship, ...

Tea Culture of Japan 2009, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300146929

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