International Guild of Knot Tyers

Art of Tying Knots for Tea Tools by Toshika Tanaka

Art of Tying Knots for Tea Tools by Toshika Tanaka

NHK (Nippon Hasa Kyokai) 2004 ISBN 9784140311301

The author of this soft-cover, 26.5 cm x 21 cm (10 inches x 6¼ inches) book of 79 pages learned her techniques from the late Sho-en Hashida (1923-1991), who wrote the book reviewed above, and from time to time she teaches knots on TV culture programmes. The contents - in Japanese - are almost exclusively to do with tying the decorative parcel knots associated with the ritual tea ceremony, but the various eye-catching methods are fortunately illustrated with step-by-step, black-&- white drawings and photographs, interleaved with 24 superb colour plates. And, once again, the dust jacket alone is a treat. [I am indebted to Akie Narita, a translator with the BBC in London, England, for the gift of these two books, as well as for her helpful pencilled annotations in English.]

G.B.