"The Tea Ceremony" by Sen'o Tanaka. First Edition, 1973, Kodansha Japan. With Original Cardboard Cover, Condition - New, highly collectible. 214 pages with numerous color and black and white plates showing tea ceremony culture: prized tea ware and utensils, gardens and architecture, and cha no yu practices. Contents include tea ceremony history, aesthetics, tea masters, styles of tea ceremony, tea architecture and tea gardens, and performance guidelines. "The Tea Ceremony" was a historically important tome in introducing Japanese tea culture to the Western world.
Sen'O Tanaka was born in 1928, the grandchild bf Sensho Tanaka, founder of the Japan Association of the Tea Ceremony (Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai). A graduate of the Tokyo Higher Mercantile Marine School, he studied Chinese literature at Nisho Gakusha University, and did graduate work in Oriental philosophy at Waseda University, where he earned a master's degree. Mr. Tanaka became the president of the Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai in 1961. In 1990, he became the senior executive director of the Santoku-an Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the tea association. He is the publisher of the monthly magazine Chado no Kenkyu (Studies in the Tea Ceremony) and regularly contributes articles to the journal. He is the author of several books on the tea ceremony, including Chado Nyumon Handobukku (Handbook.)