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The Japanese Way of Tea: From Its Origins in China to Sen Rikyu

By Sen Soshitsu Translated by V. Dixon Morris HONOLULU: UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS, 1998 XXVII + 229 PAGES Reviewed by David D. Buck The present-day tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu) takes Sen Rikyu (1522–91) as its founder. The author of this specialized history is the current master in one of three lineages of chanoyu schools that trace their origins back more than four hundred years to Sen Rikyu. The present Sen Soshitsu (b. 1923) is the fifteenth descendent in the Urasen...

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