A unique exploration of Japanese tea culture, featuring the personal narratives of individuals whose lives are deeply rooted in the world of tea.
Tea Stories: Japan is a unique exploration of tea culture in Japan, documenting personal narratives of individuals whose lives are deeply rooted in the world of tea. It captures an esoteric aspect of Japanese tea that is not readily discovered. Interest in Japanese tea and tea culture has grown considerably in recent years, and although Japan is known throughout the world for its long-standing traditions and ritualized customs, there are still many aspects of tea culture that little is known about.
Stories include the experiences and daily lives of individuals, mostly based around the Kyoto and Shizuoka prefectures, which are both important regions for tea production. Included in the various aspects of the tea industry is the farmer who looks after the tea bushes and harvests the tea, the factory worker who processes the leaves, several highly skilled artisans in ceramics and a wagashi sweet maker.
Information and imagery, photography and illustrations highlight details on Japanese tea ware, the evolution and uses, rare Japanese types and regional specialty teas, and various schools of the Japanese tea ceremony. Modern uses of tea are explored, including tea recipes.
This book provides an insight into how tea is an integral part of life in Japan, providing an intimate examination of customs and processes. This book will appeal to readers who have an interest in Japan and its culture and to those curious about specialty tea—whether they know very little about Japanese tea and want to learn more or would like to dig deeper into the subject.
Ausra Burg is the founder of My Cup of Tea, which she established in 2008 with a desire to spread her passion for excellent quality tea and appreciation for world tea cultures. She travels to Japan every year working closely with tea makers, ceramicists, and other Japanese artisans. With a flagship tea shop in the heart of bustling Soho, today the company. is sourcing and blending teas and tisanes from around the world, working with tea makers of many generations who share her commitment to quality. She regularly hosts tastings, workshops, and events at the London tea shop with the aim of imparting her knowledge and enthusiasm for tea customs, history, and taste.