This is the 3rd book on tea by artisan Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, after Tra Thuong Ty – 54 Anecdotes of tea and Sketches of Vietnamese tea names, officially released nationwide.
Traditional tea artist Nguyen Ngoc Tuan said that this book is the passion he has focused on for many years, going on field trips to many tea regions in Vietnam and China, learning about the culture and business in the tea industry. .
Artist Nguyen Ngoc Tuan affirmed that Vietnamese tea has existed for a long time and is a distinct culture that has been preserved for many generations. Agreeing with this point of view, cultural researcher Tran Dinh Son in the introduction Enjoying tea is so beautiful, it was fun to share: “Vietnam is inherently one of the cradles of tea growing in the world. Thanks to that, Vietnamese people have known to use tea leaves cooked with water as drinks and medicinal herbs since ancient times. Gradually, through cultural exchanges with countries in Asia, we learned how to process fresh tea leaves and buds into dry teas, cake teas, and powdered teas to trade these culinary products.
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According to researcher Tran Dinh Son, during the Dinh Dynasty (968-980), the Vietnamese used fragrant tea as a tribute to the Song Dynasty (China). During the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225), temples knew how to cultivate tea to harvest for life
Talking about the art of enjoying tea, artist Nguyen Ngoc Tuan said that it is necessary to have all 6 elements: tea, water, making tea, choosing a kettle, music, and space. When everything is raised to the level of art, drinking tea becomes a time when people are immersed in stillness and peace.
According to Mr. Tuan, the enhancement of tea culture in people’s lives will contribute to replacing the health-damaging habit of drinking alcohol that modern people prefer.
At the launch, Dr. Nguyen Thi Minh Thai, former lecturer at Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities; Dr. Nguyen Duy Thinh, former lecturer of Hanoi University of Science and Technology, all expressed his admiration for the work “Enjoying tea is beautiful and fun” by artist Nguyen Ngoc Tuan.
Both of these tea-loving doctors affirmed that the work of artisan Nguyen Ngoc Tuan can be viewed as containing fully and vividly the content and images of Vietnamese tea culture in a systematic, easy-to-read and understandable manner. suitable for all those who want to learn about tea, about the art of enjoying tea.
Meanwhile, lute artist Hai Phuong talks about the musical aspect of enjoying tea. According to artist Hai Phuong, music is an indispensable part of enjoying tea. Choosing a piece of music or poetry that suits the space and time of enjoying tea will give everyone an uplifting feeling and enjoy this elegant pleasure. Such a tea ceremony will be more meaningful and will remain forever in the hearts of tea drinkers.
With the same view on this, artist Nguyen Ngoc Tuan expressed, “Tea is also associated with Zen, so many tea spaces are designed with Buddhist style and Zen music is used to create a unique style. private”.
The third book of tea artist Nguyen Ngoc Tuan was also praised by cultural researcher Tran Dinh Son with the comment: “The passion for research has pushed Nguyen Ngoc Tuan’s footsteps to Nghi Hung, Giang Tay. (China) associating with artisans and experts in tea tools. All these interesting and novel things, readers Enjoying tea is beautiful, it’s fun, you will fully feel through eight categories: tea – water – tea making – teapot – space – music – commentary – delicious food to enjoy. enjoy tea”.
Enjoying tea is beautiful and fun is a story that revolves around 6 factors: tea, water, making tea, choosing a teapot, music, and space are necessary and sufficient conditions for a cup of fragrant tea to enjoy.
In particular, the author has spent 50 pages writing about Tu Sa earthenware pot, the best kind of teapot described from the soil quality – warming technique – introducing the common pot shape – preserving and taking care of the kettle.