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The Wisdom of Tea

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A book of deep wisdom gleaned from a quarter of a century spent trying to master the intricacies of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

For more than 25 years Noriko Morishita studied and practiced the intricate ceremonies of the famous Way of Tea, attempting to learn its complexities and achieve perfection of movement and mood that few can master. In The Wisdom of Tea Noriko describes her gradual discovery of freedom and insight within the very rules that once seemed so constricting. Looking back across her life, Noriko illuminates the real teachings of the Way of Tea: to live absolutely in the moment, to notice and delight in the smallest of details, to embrace the vital skills of patience and perseverance, and to allow yourself to be.
Noriko Morishita was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1956. She graduated from the Department of Japanese Literature at the Faculty of Humanities, Japan Women's University. While still an undergraduate, she began working as a reporter, gathering stories for Shukan Asahi magazine's popular Dekigotology column. Since publishing her experiences researching the column in the 1987 book Nori-Yakko Dosue, she has enjoyed a flourishing career as an essayist and reporter.
Size: 15.5 x 21cm / Paperback / 224 pages

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