Urasenke Chado Study Resources in English

Tankosha Publishing Co. Publications

Urasenke Tea Procedure Guidebook 1: Introductory Level (April 2017)
Urasenke Tea Procedure Guidebook 2: Usucha Tea Procedure (April 2018)

Soshitsu Sen XVI

These guidebooks were created as English-language versions of Tankosha's Urasenke Chado Temae Kyosoku 1 (Feb 2010; 4th printing, Sep 2015) and 2 (Oct 2015; 3rd printing, Nov 2016). Replete with step-by-step color photos and detailed guidance, these guidebooks are meant to serve as learning aids for Urasenke chanoyu students. Urasenke instructors will also find them to be valuable resources. Guidebook 1 covers mannerly deportment in the tea room, basic tea-making procedure elements, introductory level tea-making procedures (Bonryaku temae and Chitose-bon temae), and basic guest etiquette. It is a correlative book for Guidebook 2, which covers the temae, or tea-making procedure, both for making usucha using a furo (brazier) and for making usucha using a ro (open hearth built in the floor), as well as knowledge for guests about how to go after and return items, and how to conduct haiken (close inspection) of implements. Urasenke Tea Procedure Guidebook 3: Koicha Tea Procedure is currently in development and scheduled for release in 2018.

ISBN978-4-473-04178-4 (Guidebook 1), ISBN978-4-473-04247-7 (Guidebook 2)
B5 size, softbound, all color
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Urasenke Chado Textbook

With opening messages by Genshitsu Sen and Iemoto Soshitsu Sen XVI
This book, a companion book for the Urasenke Tea Procedure Guidebook 1 and 2 introduced above, provides the English reader with comprehensive information for understanding the Urasenke Chado Tradition. It is based on the Japanese textbook entitled Urasenke Chado, which was edited by the Gakko Chado Textbook Editorial Committee and published by the Urasenke Foundation, Kyoto, in April 2004. The translation work to create this English edition was a voluntary endeavor of nearly three hundred members of the Urasenke International Association (UIA), as a project commemorating the 25th anniversary of the association in 2011. Previously, for the association's 20th anniversary, the association members produced the translations for A Chanoyu Vocabulary: Practical Terms for the Way of Tea.
            The textbook is organized into five parts: "The Significance of Chado," "The History of Chado," "The Setting and Implements," "The Significance of the Temae," and "Reference Information." It includes an abundance of helpful margin notes and illustrations, and there is an index at the back for ease of use.

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Publication date: February 13, 2011
A5 Softbound, 232 pages. All color illustrations.
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Practical Terms for the Way of Tea

With foreword by Genshitsu Sen (Soshitsu Sen XV)
A long-awaited Japanese-English chanoyu vocabulary, offering easy-to-understand explanations of 1,642 terms cutting across a broad range of subjects. This book, the only book in English of its kind, comprises an English translation of selected and edited entries from the approximately 3,000 terms appearing in Tankosha's Jitsuyo Chadoyogo Jiten (1993; fifth printing, February 2002), with helpful appendices and illustrations. People of the global community, whether involved particularly in the practice of chanoyu or generally in the study of Japanese traditional arts and culture, should find this authoritative volume a rare and valuable resource.

ISBN 978-4-473-03398-7
A5 size, softbound, 280 pages
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Urasenke Foundation Publications

Urasenke Chanoyu Handbook One (1980, rev. 1989) out-of-print
Urasenke Chanoyu Handbook Two (1980, rev. 1987)

Soshitsu Sen XV

The original English-language student textbooks in two volumes produced by the Urasenke Foundation Foreign Affairs Section. Volume One includes a brief history of chanoyu and covers the basic procedures for the guest, warigeiko (basic movements), and ryakubon (aka Bonryaku temae; the simplest procedure for making tea, using a tray and a kettle that has a spout and handle). Volume Two covers the basic procedures for making tea using a furo (brazier) and ro (open hearth built in the floor). Instructions for both koicha (thick tea) and usucha (thin tea) are included. Only a few copies of either volume remain available for purchase from the Urasenke Foundation.

Chanoyu Quarterly: Tea and the Arts of Japan
Nos. 1-88 Tables of Contents
A semi-scholarly journal featuring articles on various facets of the Way of Tea and Japanese traditional culture. Eighty-eight issues published between 1970 and 1999. Many of the early issues are not available anymore (marked "out-of-print" in the Nos. 1-88 Tables of Contents list), and the remaining stock of others is very low in some cases. Issue no. 88 contains a comprehensive glossary-index of the contents of all the previous issues.
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