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This front matter section of the book The Ideologies of Japanese Tea; Subjectivity, Transience and National Identity contains a table of contents, a preface and acknowledgements. This provoking new study of the Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu) examines the ideological foundation of its place in history and the broader context of Japanese cultural values where it has emerged as a so called 'quintessential' component of the culture. This book maps how the pleasures of tea were useful in the invention of a particular form of Japaneseness. Tea precepts such as purity, harmony and a respectful appreciation of social stability is shown to be coercive forces that became keywords in the official definition of wartime Japanese identity, a sacrament that demanded the ultimate sacrifice.

Keywords: Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu); national identity; quintessential component; transience



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