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Every Day a Good Day

Every Day a Good Day

Fifteen lessons I learned about happiness from Japanese tea culture

Morishita Noriko
Translated by Eleanor Goldsmith

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¥2,900

Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-062-3 (Hardcover) | 244 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2019

About the Book

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!”

About the Author

MORISHITA Noriko

Morishita Noriko was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1956. She graduated from the Department of Japanese Literature at the Faculty of Humanities, Japan Women’s University. While still an undergraduate, she began working as a reporter, gathering stories for Shukan Asahi magazine’s popular Dekigotology column. Since publishing her experiences researching the column in the 1987 book Nori-yakko Dosue, she has enjoyed a flourishing career as an essayist and reporter. Morishita’s books include Nori-yakko perushawan o yuku, Zense e no boken: runesansu no tensai chokokuka o otte, and Itoshii tabemono.

内容紹介

お茶を習い始めて二十五年。就職につまずき、いつも不安で自分の居場所を探し続けた日々。失恋、父の死という悲しみのなかで、気がつけば、そばに「お茶」があった。がんじがらめの決まりごとの向こうに、やがて見えてきた自由。「ここにいるだけでよい」という心の安息。雨が匂う、雨の一粒一粒が聴こえる……季節を五感で味わう歓びとともに、「いま、生きている!」その感動を鮮やかに綴る。

著者紹介

森下典子

1956(昭和31)年、神奈川県横浜市生れ。日本女子大学文学部国文学科卒業。大学時代から「週刊朝日」連載の人気コラム「デキゴトロジー」の取材記者として活躍。その体験をまとめた『典奴どすえ』を1987年に出版後、ルポライター、エッセイストとして活躍を続ける。『典奴ペルシャ湾を往く』『前世への冒険――ルネサンスの天才彫刻家を追って』『ひとり旅の途中』『日日是好日―「お茶」が教えてくれた15のしあわせ』『いとしいたべもの』などの著書がある。

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

日日是好日―「お茶」が教えてくれた15のしあわせ

日日是好日―「お茶」が教えてくれた15のしあわせ

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