Tea Bowls in the British Museum

Whilst some of you tea drinkers out there might be familiar with a gaiwan (a Chinese lidded bowl used for the preparation and drinking of tea, pictured here), its simpler relative, the chawan, might be less well-known to you. Chawan literally means ‘tea bowl’ and, unlike the gaiwan, it has no lid or saucer. It is, …

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The Languages of Tea – Japanese

by Adam Yusko Avid tea drinkers and enthusiasts can find a plethora of  information on the Internet related to tea. There are countless tea forums, wiki sites and articles out there, many of which are rather international in their tea-coverage. If you've ever browsed or contributed to some of these forums, you may have seen …

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