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Hyouge Mono  
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Tea for Universe, Tea for Life. It's the Sengoku Era, a time when warring daimyou usurped each other constantly. There was a man whose soul was overtaken by the ways of tea and material greed as he worked his way up toward greater power and status. His name was Furuta Sasuke, a vassal of Oda Nobunaga. With his world broadened by the genius Nobunaga and with the spiritual insight learned from Senno Soueki, Master of Tea, Sasuke travels the road of the Hyouge Mono, or comical fellow.
To live or not to live. For power or for the arts. That is the question

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Tea for Life
Tea for Universe

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.95 by Oresama Translations 2 months ago
v.9 c.94 by Oresama Translations 3 months ago
v.9 c.93 by Oresama Translations 3 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 9, Page 128

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (31 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.29 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 29th 2018, 10:13pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #683 increased(+155)
Monthly Pos #1393 increased(+241)
3 Month Pos #2572 decreased(-698)
6 Month Pos #2326 decreased(-375)
Year Pos #1933 increased(+95)

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On 133 reading lists
On 179 wish lists
On 14 completed lists
On 5 unfinished lists
On 95 custom lists

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It grows on you   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
March 21st, 2018, 6:54pm
It's a thorough narration of the history of Japan's "warring states" period of the late 1500s, which, I believe eventually ended in the famous Tokogawa shogunate which then lasted for about 250 years. At first I was sympathetic with none of the characters. It was either side with a collection of murderous warlords, or the main character, who seemed to have an inordinate love for pottery.

But then I recalled that in those days EVERYTHING that was made was made one by one, by hand, and when a product of all that patient labor turned out very aesthetically pleasing, some people were truly thrilled. Also, after many decades of fighting and murdering, anything beautiful that had been produced by their culture had to have seemed inordinately precious to many, including the m. c., as a symbol of the part of Japanese culture that didn't involve killing.

Once a reader gets on the side of the main character, a samurai who is both an ambitious Organization Man and a true aesthete, he becomes the center and anchor of the proceedings, which are otherwise so complex that without someone to identify with, many non-Japanese would feel hopelessly lost.

It's a dramatic, amazing, exciting, sometimes funny, and often very sad story.

... Last updated on March 21st, 2018, 6:56pm
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So far so good   
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by gonubana
June 14th, 2016, 8:05pm
At v.5 c.45, I can admit this story got me hooked. I tried the anime first but for some reason, storywise, I could not get what was going on. It's only after trying out the manga that I could come to admire the genius of the author at depicting interpersonal relationships.
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