The Book of Tea

The Book of Tea

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by Kakuzo Okakura
     
 

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The Book of Tea The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō (1906), is a long essay linking the role of tea (Teaism) to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life.

Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in English and is one of the great English Tea classics. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak English and was proficient

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The Book of Tea The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō (1906), is a long essay linking the role of tea (Teaism) to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life.

Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in English and is one of the great English Tea classics. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak English and was proficient at communicating his thoughts to the Western mind. In his book, 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. Kakuzō argues that this tea-induced simplicity affected art and architecture, and he was a long-time student of the visual arts. He ends the book with a chapter on Tea Masters, and spends some time talking about Sen no Rikyū and his contribution to the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014542555
Publisher:
Philtre Libre
Publication date:
04/26/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
50 KB

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The Book of Tea 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
YellowPineapple More than 1 year ago
This is not a book about tea. It is more about the history of teaism, an ancient philosophy, and the author's thoughts about how it compares to current ways of living. He does view western ways critically. However, i enjoy learning about others varying beliefs and cultures. You will also learn some asian history, again, as presented through the understanding and views of the author. I did learn some history of how tea was presented. I would reccomend if you enjoy tea and would like a light read on teaism. Cheers
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nihongonodaigakusei More than 1 year ago
Kakuzo Okakura indeed has a way with words. The Book of Tea originallly written as an essay is penned in the most poetic fashion. It is truly and excellent read. Enjoy!!
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