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A Nation, a World, in a Bowl of Tea

A Nation, a World, in a Bowl of Tea r e v i e W e s s aY s dana buntroCK University of California, Berkeley Fujimori Terunobu. Fujimori Terunobu no Chashitsugaku: Nihon no Kyokush Kkan no Nazo [Fujimori Terunobu's tearoom studies: The riddle of Japan's smallest space]. . Tokyo: Rikuyosha, 2012. 296 pp. ¥3,000 (cloth). Surak, Kristin. Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012. 272 pp. $85 (cloth), $25 (paper/ebook). A kimono. A tatami floor. A bowl. Together, these objects almost instantly evoke the Japanese tea ceremony, though they are seen throughout society: kimonos are worn for parties or weddings, tatami floors are as often as not found in inexpensive lodgings, and bowls of rice are served with almost every meal. Early on in her careful study Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice, Kristin Surak says, "The Japaneseness encoded in tea places, captured in tea objects, and patterned into tea movements can be interpreted and experienced as quintessentially Japanese by the Japanese themselves because it is different--but not completely removed--from mundane aspects of life" (18). Surak's greatest strength is her awareness of the factors that inform the tea ceremony's central place in Japanese society, from commercial structures http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

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r e v i e W e s s aY s dana buntroCK University of California, Berkeley Fujimori Terunobu. Fujimori Terunobu no Chashitsugaku: Nihon no Kyokush Kkan no Nazo [Fujimori Terunobu's tearoom studies: The riddle of Japan's smallest space]. . Tokyo: Rikuyosha, 2012. 296 pp. ¥3,000 (cloth). Surak, Kristin. Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012. 272 pp. $85 (cloth), $25 (paper/ebook). A kimono. A tatami floor. A bowl. Together, these objects almost instantly evoke the Japanese tea ceremony, though they are seen throughout society: kimonos are worn for parties or weddings, tatami floors are as often as not found in inexpensive lodgings, and bowls of rice are served with almost every meal. Early on in her careful study Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice, Kristin Surak says, "The Japaneseness encoded in tea places, captured in tea objects, and patterned into tea movements can be interpreted and experienced as quintessentially Japanese by the Japanese themselves because it is different--but not completely removed--from mundane aspects of life" (18). Surak's greatest strength is her awareness of the factors that inform the tea ceremony's central place in Japanese society, from commercial structures

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Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 31, 2013

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