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Title: THE WAY OF TEA

Author: Peter Milward

Category: Arts and Literature (Novels, Essays, Critiques)
Number of pages: 106
Size: A5

Language: English

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Book Summary

Here is another trilogy of books on "The Way". The first deals with "the Way of Tea", or sado, as developed by Sen no Rikyu in the late sixteenth century, according to the theory that he was influenced by his experience of the ceremony of the Mass as offered by the Jesuit missionaries of his time. Accordingly, the author draws a parallel between the two ceremonies of Tea and the Mass, while noting a similar parallel with the English ceremony (as developed under Queen Victoria) of afternoon tea.

Author Profile

Peter Milward was born in London on October 12, 1925, and educated at Wimbledon College (a Jesuit high school). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and after various studies he went on to specialize in the Classics and English at Oxford University. He came to Japan in 1954 and after further studies was ordained priest in 1960. From 1962 onwards he has taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to founding the Renaissance Institute, the Hopkins Society of Japan and the Chesterton Society of Japan, he has published some 400 books, mostly as textbooks for Japanese students, many of them translated into Japanese, but now most of them out of print. Several of his books, especially those on the drama of Shakespeare and the poetry of Hopkins, have been published in England and America. Even in retirement he is still teaching and writing, as he enters his 88th year (or beiju).

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