Tea Bibliography


English Language Works on CHANOYU

(Please note that a number of works are marked, “Out of Print,” or “difficult to find” but are included because they may be available in large libraries or on used book sites.)

English works published by Omotesenke:

  • Japanese Tea Culture: The Omotesenke Tradition by Fushinan Bunko Library
  • Chanoyu: A Visual Poem. Weaving the Four Seasons (DVD) by Omotesenke Fushin’an and Telecom Staff

English works by other publishers:

  • The Art ofChabana by Henry Mittwer (also called Zen Flowers). Good book perhaps because it is the only book on the subject in English. Nice illustrations.
  • The Art of Japanese Ceramicsby Tsugio Mikami. One of many good books on this subject.
  • Art, Tea, and Industryby Christine M. E. Guth. This is a specialized book on a subject that probably is of moat interest to those studying modern Japan, tea, and the re-discovery of traditional culture.
  • The Book of Teaby Kakuzo Okakura. The classic book on tea in English. This was the first book on tea written in English by the man who brought Japanese tea to America. A must read for anyone interested in the subject.
  • Cha-No-Yuby A. L. Sadler. One of the earliest English-language works on chanoyu. Original 1933, second edition 1966. Rich treatment of the elements of chanoyu and a wonderful collection of stories about tea masters. Occasionally betrays Urasenke sources.
  • The Garden Art of Japanby Masao Hayakawa. One of many good books on the subject. It might be difficult to obtain.
  • Historical Chanoyuby Herbert E. Plutschow
  • This Island Japanby Joao Rodrigues. The first book written about Japan in the 17th century. Fascinating as the small section on tea is a European view of tea as it was then. Out of print and difficult to find.
  • Japanese Tea CultureEdited by Morgan Pitelka. An excellent collection of essays.
  • Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japanby Morgan Pitelka, University of Hawaii Press, 2005 Critical study of the pottery and how it was used in Tea.
  • Japanese Arts and the Tea Ceremonyby T. Hayashiya, M. Nakamura & S. Hayashiya. A good solid source, short and to the point. The writing is not pretty but it is very short and complete. May be unavailable.
  • Stories from a Tearoom Windowby Shigenori Chikamatsu. A collection of stories and anecdotes. It may be hard to find.
  • The Tea Ceremonyby Sen’o Tanaka. Written by the head master of Dai Nippon Sado Kai, a tea school.
  • Tea Ceremony Utensilsby Ryoichi Fujioka. Extremely difficult to find. Very useful but not important to the novice.
  • The Tea Cult in Historyby Robert Kramer. A very interesting work but very difficult to read and almost impossible to find.
  • The Tea Garden by Haruzo Ohashi. Mostly a photo book but very beautiful. Includes the plans for several important tea gardens.
  • Tea in Japan, Essays on the History of ChanoyuEdited by Paul Varley & Kumakura Isao. Scholarly text some articles difficult to read.
  • The Way of Teaby Rand Castile. Excellent resource, unfortunately difficult to find. The author studied the Urasenke school of tea and may be biased. Author was once director of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.
  • The Wind in the Pinesby Dennis Hirota. Wonderful book, though largely reprints of articles in Chanoyu Quarterly.
  • Zen in the Art of the Tea Ceremonyby Horst Hammitzsch.
  • Chado – The Way of Tea A Japanese Tea Master’s Almanac – 2005by Sasaki Sanmi (Author)
  • A CHANOYU VOCABULARY: Practical Terms for the Way of Tea, Tankosha– 2007