Lao Man’e: A Bulang Village in Transformation *By Jason Fasi

August 20th, 2008

A fantastic and incredibly insightful article about Bulang tea production and culture, as ethnographically researched and presented by Brian Kirbis in a tea symposium held at Berkley.

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2008 International Malaysian Tea Culture Expo *By Aaron Fisher

August 18th, 2008

A quick stroll through one of Asia’s coolest trade fairs.

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Gong Fu Tea Tips With Master Ling Ping Xiang, Part 2

August 18th, 2008

Some great tea brewing tips that even include some experiments you can try at home.

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The 2008 World Tea Expo, Las Vegas * By Nora Gubins

August 18th, 2008

A fun and insightful article that captures this famous event, and lets us travel through the booths vicariously; for those of us who couldn’t attend the expo.

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The Grand Re-opening of Wisteria Tea House

August 18th, 2008

Come revisit one of the greatest tea houses on earth, as it celebrates its reopening after a year of closed doors for renovation.

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The Road to Tea, The Road to Ourselves * By Henry Taiki Takahashi

August 18th, 2008

A great article about Zen, tea and our true selves.

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Vegetable Tea * By Thomas Leons

August 18th, 2008

An interesting article on the affects diet has on tea drinking.

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Exploring the Tea Masters of Japan, Part 2; Takeno Joo * By Aaron Fisher

August 18th, 2008

A continuation of the series begun in Issue 2, rediscovering Japan’s three most important tea masters.

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Seeking Tea, Finding Dao * By Erick Smithe

August 18th, 2008

A wonderful article about tea, Dao and a very special tea shop in Taiwan.

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Discussion of Issue 3

August 9th, 2008

Discuss all of Issue 3 here


Tea Wisdom

August 9th, 2008

Check back regularly for a cup of wisdom, or add some of your own even.

Q & A

August 8th, 2008

We would like to start a new section to answer any of your questions. Check if yours have been answered, and of course feel free to ask any others.



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This issue's poetry:

From Lu Tong's Seven Bowls

To honor my tea, I shut my wooden gate,

Lest worldly people intrude,

And donning my silken cap,

I brew and taste my tea alone.



Tea Grants a Peaceful Death

Tea has the blessing of all deities 

Tea promotes filial piety

Tea drives away all evil spirits

Tea banishes drowsiness

Tea keeps the five internal organs in harmony

Tea wards off disease

Tea strengthens friendship

Tea disciplines body and mind

Tea destroys the passions

    —Attributed to the monk Myoe (1173-1232), who had it inscribed on a kettle, as quoted by Plutschow, Historical Chanoyu













Editor in Chief

Aaron Fisher



Jochen Bind

Jeffrey McCloud

Thomas Leons

Erick Smithe

Ethan Thompson

Dan Fisher

Aaron Davis



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