Journal du Thé (Jdt) invites its readers to explore contemporary tea culture. Created and edited by Johanna Tagada and Tilmann S. Wendelstein in 2018, Journal du Thé questions what makes tea this strength that allows us to slow down and give ourselves moments of serenity.
Chapter 3 explores everyday tea culture in India, visits craftspeople in Japan, England and elsewhere while musing about the concept of scale. Chapter 3 features among others the potter Steve Harrison, tiny teaware in Alsace, France, the Kakuun-tei teahouse in the heart of Tokyo forest, Kettl Tea in New York, a short introduction to Einstein’s Tea Leaf Paradox, a collection of endlessly surprising teapots from Kochi in India, the metal craftswoman Yumi Nakamura, a teapot in the shape of a peacock, an Indian tearoom in 1920s Germany and its relation to the Bauhaus, the delicate Japanese confectionary of Okashimaru, a piece on Mingei theory and Oriental Orientalism, an essay on tea gardens in India and Japan, a recipe for a cup of Rama Tulsi, a piece on the meaning of tea in post-colonial Zimbabwe, Johanna Tagada’s paintings of women and tea, a list of books and what they have in common with the tea ceremony, the father of studio pottery in India Gurcharan Singh, Mai-Thu Perret’s giant walk-in teapot, Louise Garland introducing the holy Kawakawa plant of New Zealand, Satish Kumar and his inspiring peace walk,Taiwanese potter Ia-Wen Li, and of course another instalment of Izumi Shiokawa’s manga.
128 pages/ 21 x 28 cm/ printed in Germany