Kakuzo Okakura

The Book of Tea

In 1906 in turn-of-the century Boston, a small, esoteric book about tea was written with the intention of being read aloud in the famous salon of Isabella Gardner, Boston's most famous socialite. It was authored by Okakura Kakuzo, a Japanese philosopher, art expert, and curator. Little known at the time, Kakuzo would emerge as one of the great thinkers of the early 20th century, a genius who was insightful, witty—and greatly responsible for bridging Western and Eastern cultures. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak English and was more than capable of expressing to Westerners the nuances of tea and the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

In The Book of Tea Classic Edition he discusses such topics as Zen and Taoism, but also the secular aspects of tea and Japanese life. The book emphasizes how Teaism taught the Japanese many things; most importantly, simplicity. Kakuzo argues that tea-induced simplicity affected the culture, art and architecture of Japan.

Nearly a century later, Kakuzo's The Book of Tea Classic Edition is still beloved the world over, making it an essential part of any tea enthusiast's collection. Interwoven with a rich history of Japanese tea and its place in Japanese society is poignant commentary on Asian culture and our ongoing fascination with it, as well as illuminating essays on art, spirituality, poetry, and more.
78 printed pages

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    So you go to a store to buy a dress, ask shopkeeper to show you dresses. The shopkeeper starts preaching you about life and all that psychology crap. You re,ind him again about the thing you are looking for. The shopkeeper says oh yea dress, this dress is beautiful, tea - house, tea-maker blah blah blah , zennism, blah blah blah, Buddhism, Taoism.... blah blah blah

Quotes

    anaismadaihas quoted10 months ago
    A master has always something to offer, while we go hungry solely because of our own lack of appreciation.
    Fadwa Azeezhas quoted10 months ago
    Perhaps we reveal ourselves too much in small things because we have so little of the great to conceal.
    Euricehas quotedlast year
    Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.

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