The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan
Bodies Re-Presenting the Past
By Etsuko Kato
Routledge – 2004 – 240 pages
Series: Anthropology of Asia
The subject of the tea ceremony is well researched both in and outside of Japan, but the women who practice it are hardly ever discussed. The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan rectifies this by discussing the meaning of the Japanese tea ceremony for women practitioners in Japan from World War II to the present day. It examines how lay tea ceremony practitioners have been transforming this cultural activity while being, in turn, transformed by it.
Etsuko Kato is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the International Christian University, Tokyo.