The Japanese Tea Ceremony is abundantly illustrated with drawings of furniture and utensils used in the Japanese tea ceremony, tearoom architecture and garden design, floor and ground plans, and numerous other features of this still-vital tradition, including a number of photos of famous tea bowls, teahouses, and gardens. First published in 1933, this classic remains the gold standard of books on the five-centuries-old tea ceremony, which is itself 'an epitome of Japanese civilization'. The tea ceremony-kwn as cha--yu, or literally 'Hot Water for Tea' - has touched nearly every aspect of Japanese life. Its disciplined esthetic as expressed in art, architecture, garden design, and exquisite craftwork is the focus of the first part of this book; the second part, 'Tea Masters', relates the experiences of masters of the art over the centuries; and, the third part details the histories of the various schools and traditions of the art of tea.
The late A. L. Sadler was Professor Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney for 26 years, as well as Professor of Japanese at the Royal Military College of Australia. After retiring from academia, he returned to his native England. He died in 1971. Among his works are The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, A Short History of Japanese Architecture, Three Military Classics of China, A Short History of Japan and The Ten Foot Square Hut and Tales of the Heike.