Tea Life Audio

Tea Life Audio is a podcast about Japanese Tea Ceremony and related arts. This is a round table show, with an open discussion about Tea. The show has three hosts who have several decades of combined experience with Tea ceremony.

Each episode follows a similar structure of: Announcements, Banter, Anecdote, and Main Tea topic.

If you have any comments about our show or a given episode please go to our forum and leave a comment.

Lates blog posts

TeaLife Audio – Episode 70 – Women in tea

– Marius

– Rebecca

Main Topic – Women in tea

Information referenced:


Corbett, Rebecca. Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan. (Forthcoming) Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, Spring, 2018.

Guth, Christine. Art, Tea, and Industry: Masuda Takashi and the Mitsui Circle. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Kato, Etsuko. The Tea Ceremony and Women’s Empowerment in Modern Japan: Bodies Re-Presenting the Past. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.

Pitelka, Morgan. Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2005.

Pitelka, Morgan, ed. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Pitelka, Morgan. Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2016.

Surak, Kristin. Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2013.
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Journal articles

Corbett, Rebecca. “Crafting Identity as a Tea Practitioner in Early Modern Japan: ?tagaki Rengetsu and Tagami Kikusha.” U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal 47 (2014): 3?27.

Corbett, Rebecca. “Learning to Be Graceful: Tea in Early Modern Guides for Women’s Edification.” Japanese Studies 29 (2009): 81?94.

Pitelka, Morgan. “Tea Taste: Patronage and Collaboration among Tea Masters and Potters in Early Modern Japan.” Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Fall?Winter, 2004): 26?38.

Rath, Eric C. “Reevaluating Riky?: Kaiseki and the Origins of Japanese Cuisine.” Journal of Japanese Studies 39, no. 1 (2013): 67?96.

*You will need a subscription to access most of these journal articles, or you may be able to purchase a copy of a single issue from the publisher. Anyone with a university affiliation should be able to access these articles electronically through their university library, or obtain a copy via interlibrary loan/document delivery if the university does not have a subscription. For those without a university affiliation, you can try your local, state, or national library for electronic access, and again requesting a copy of an article may be possible through their interlibrary loan/document delivery service.



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TeaLife Audio – Episode 69 – Tea and Incense


  • Marius
  • Aaron
  • Adam
  • Anthony


  • Ula

chaire, mata chasen no kane wo yoku mo shire, ato ni nokoseru d?gu meate ni
Understand well the
Placement of the chaire
and next the chasen
For as they are used in turn
One guides the other’s return

Main Topic – Incense

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TeaLife Audio – Episode 68 – Making changes


  • Adam
  • Marius
  • Anthony


運び立て 水指置くは 橫疊二ツ割りにて眞中に置け

hakobi-date mizusashi oku wa yoko-datami futatsu wari nite mannaka ni oke

When carrying and
Placing the fresh water jar
Divide the depth of
The mat into two halves and
Place the water on centre

Main Topic: Making Changes


Information Referenced

The chashaku Adam received

Gifted chashaku from North Carolina. The joy and searching depth welling up in my heart♡ I have given it two names (blame it on the star sign): X: Nomad's Flute Y: Weeping Song . The node at the end (Jōō's fave style) and the pores on one side remind me of a flute. The scooping end opens up wide and deep, hungry for cha. After using the chashaku in the gifted chashaku temae, I did a book divination with my favourite book 'Zen Sand – the book of capping phrases'. The capping phrase I landed on was this: "Oh, the plaint of the nomad's flute is heartbreaking. Seated guests gaze at each other, tears run like rain." 胡歌一曲斷人腹 坐客相看淚如雨 (koka ikkyoku hito no harawata o tatsu, Zakyaku aimite namida ame no gotoshi.) – Shin Zengoshū . From this beautiful scene, 'nomad's flute' stands out to become the abbreviated name. 'Weeping Song' came to mind in relation to this capping phrase, coloured by the heart wrenching events fuelled by short-sighted racists in the little-big corner of the world where this chashaku came from. ('Weeping Song' is a Nick Cave song, should you not have discovered it yet.) . This nomad sings a weeping song. A song in which to weep. While we rock ourselves to sleep. This is a weeping song. But we won't be weeping long. No we won't be weeping long. . #chashaku #giftedchashaku #chanoyu #matcha #funkwabi #pagansabi #thingschajindo

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