World Tea Expo; The only U.S. trade show exclusively for tea *By Mary Lou Heiss

August 8th, 2009

This great article allows us readers from afar to travel to the only U.S. trade show and experience it vicariously. And there could be no better guide.


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The World of Yixing; History Part I, The Ming Dynasty *By Peng Le Jing

August 8th, 2009

As promised, we will continue our Yixing series started last issue. We thought we’d start by covering the history of Yixing over the course of the next few issues, and as a background for the practical discussion that will follow.


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Gong Fu Tea Tips

August 8th, 2009

In this issue we begin an exploration of the human element in tea preparation.



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Vast Waters *By Frederick R. Dannaway

August 8th, 2009

We’ve convinced this most erudite Daoist scholar, and long time teaist, to pause from his contributions to various academic journals and write some articles for us. In this excellent piece, Dannaway reflects on the ‘Mother of Tea’ with all the historical, scriptural and literary insight at his disposal.


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Zen & Tea, One Flavor *By Wu De

August 8th, 2009

This is a new series in which we will discuss some aspects of Zen, and then apply them to a life of tea. In this, first part Wu De gives us some introductory ideas of a Zen flavor and then explains how they relate to tea and tea preparation.



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No Method *By Thomas Leons & Wu De

August 8th, 2009

A discussion of the different approaches and methods of tea preparation.



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A Chinese Tea Party and Tea Setting in Japan *By Sonomi Urakawa

August 8th, 2009

Have look at Sonomi Urakawa’s amazing tea photography. Her work really says more about tea art than all the articles we’ve ever published. Gorgeous!


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Fallen Leaves; Tea Inspiration *By Wu De

August 8th, 2009

We received a lot of great encouragement to continue this “Fallen Leaves” series of inspirational writing about tea. This series will unfold as poetry, epiphanies and fictional short stories. In this segment, Wu De has pulled out one of his “Lost Tales” to inspire your next cup. This particular yarn is called simply “The Emperor”.


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Discussion of Issue 6

August 8th, 2009

Discuss all of issue six here. Check here for news about the magazine and those involved, as well.



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This issue's poetry:



Autumn wind of eve

blow away the clouds that mass

over the moon's pure light;

and the mists

that cloud our mind,

do thou sweep away as well.

Now we disappear.

Well, what must we think of it?

From the sky we come.

Now we may go back again.

At least that's one point of view...

—Hojo Ujimasa (1538-1590)—


A Beautiful Legend

There was once a child of light

Who came to a beautiful planet

A planet called Earth

This child of light

Became lost in play—

Forgetting the way back home

A guide, hearing his cries

Appeared before him—

Promising to bring him home

The guide sent heralds to deliver the boy a mystical water

As the child drank it—


he remembered the Way!

That water was tea.

—Zhou Yi Xiong, as translated by Erick Smithe—


Those without virtue live to eat and drink, while the virtuous drink and eat to live.









Until man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.  

    —Albert Einstein—




















Editor in Chief

Aaron Fisher (Wu De)



Jochen Bind

Jeffrey McCloud

Thomas Leons

Erick Smithe

Ethan Thompson

Dan Fisher

Aaron Davis




Aaron Davis

Tsai Zhen Shin

Avon Yang