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Every day a good day: fifteen lessons I learned about happiness from Japanese tea culture

By: Morishita, Noriko.
Contributor(s): Goldsmith, Eleanor [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Japan library. Publisher: Tokyo Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC) 2019Description: 181 p.: ill. Includes index.ISBN: 9784866580623.Subject(s): Philosophy - Japanese | Japanese tea ceremonyDDC classification: 394.15 Summary: I could not walk correctly. I did not know where to sit. I did not know which hand to use, what to pick up, how to pick it up. Nothing had stuck with me, even though I had done it all just an hour before. You have to start from zero . . . Reporter and essayist Morishita Noriko reflects on twenty-five years of studying the Japanese Way of Tea, from her first uncertain steps as a college student to her gradual discovery of freedom within the very rules that once seemed to hold her back. As Morishita experiences the trials and triumphs of adult life, from job-hunting setbacks to lost love, from the struggle to build a career to the pain of losing a loved one, Tea is always there to remind her that simply being present in the moment is enough. The joy of savoring the seasons with all five senses of smelling the rain, of hearing each individual raindrop. The importance of cherishing each meeting as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Humor and heartbreak, despair and determination in this memoir, Morishita vividly connects the Way of Tea to the full span of human experience, culminating in the exhilaration of realizing “I’m alive, right now!” https://japanlibrary.jpic.or.jp/books/published/b9c35357b506e290c680de7d3ca2848daae1f6e0.html
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Originally published in the Japanese language under the title Nichi nichi kore kojitsu by Shinchosha publishing Co., Ltd., in 2008

Table of content

Learn that you know nothing
Don't think with your head
Focus your feelings on the now
Watch and feel
Look at many real things
Savor the seasons
Connect to nature with all five senses
Be here, now
Give it time and let nature do the rest
Things are fine as they are
Parting is inevitable
Listen for the voice within
When it's raining, listen to the rain
Growth takes time
Live in the moment with an eye to the future

I could not walk correctly.
I did not know where to sit.
I did not know which hand to use,
what to pick up, how to
pick it up. Nothing had stuck
with me, even though I had
done it all just an hour before.
You have to start from zero . . .

Reporter and essayist Morishita Noriko reflects on twenty-five years of studying the Japanese Way of Tea, from her first uncertain steps as a college student to her gradual discovery of freedom within the very rules that once seemed to hold her back. As Morishita experiences the trials and triumphs of adult life, from job-hunting setbacks to lost love, from the struggle to build a career to the pain of losing a loved one, Tea is always there to remind her that simply being present in the moment is enough. The joy of savoring the seasons with all five senses of smelling the rain, of hearing each individual raindrop. The importance of cherishing each meeting as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Humor and heartbreak, despair and determination in this memoir, Morishita vividly connects the Way of Tea to the full span of human experience, culminating in the exhilaration of realizing “I’m alive, right now!”

https://japanlibrary.jpic.or.jp/books/published/b9c35357b506e290c680de7d3ca2848daae1f6e0.html

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