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 71 – Keeping Record

– Adam
– Marius
– Anthony

mizusashi ni toke daseba, te wa yoko ni, mae no futa tori saki ni kasane yo

Should a teoke
Be used for the water jar
Orientate the
Handle side-to-side and rest
The front lid on the far lid

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

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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