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By Kristin Surak

The tea rite persists as the most evocative symbols of Japan. initially a hobby of elite warriors in premodern society, it used to be later recast as a symbol of the fashionable eastern country, basically to be remodeled back into its present incarnation, mostly the pastime of middle-class housewives. How does the cultural perform of some come to symbolize a country as a complete?
Although few non-Japanese students have peered at the back of the partitions of a tea room, sociologist Kristin Surak got here to understand the internal workings of the tea global over the process ten years of tea education. the following she bargains the 1st entire research of the perform that comes with new fabric on its old adjustments, an in depth excavation of its institutional association, and a cautious exam of what she phrases "nation-work"—the hard work that connects the nationwide meanings of a cultural perform and the particular event and enactment of it. She concludes through putting tea rite in comparative viewpoint, drawing on different expressions of nation-work, equivalent to gymnastics and track, in Europe and Asia.
Taking readers on a unprecedented trip into the elusive international of tea rite, Surak deals an insightful account of the basic techniques of modernity—the paintings of constructing nations.

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