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The Book of Tea
     

The Book of Tea

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by Kakuzo Okakura
 

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The Book of Tea is a brief but classic essay on tea drinking, its history, restorative powers, and rich connection to Japanese culture. Okakura felt that "Teaism" was at the very center of Japanese life and helped shape everything from art, aesthetics, and an appreciation for the ephemeral to architecture, design, gardens, and painting. In tea could be found one

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The Book of Tea is a brief but classic essay on tea drinking, its history, restorative powers, and rich connection to Japanese culture. Okakura felt that "Teaism" was at the very center of Japanese life and helped shape everything from art, aesthetics, and an appreciation for the ephemeral to architecture, design, gardens, and painting. In tea could be found one source of what Okakura felt was Japan's and, by extension, Asia's unique power to influence the world. Containing both a history of tea in Japan and lucid, wide-ranging comments on the schools of tea, Zen, Taoism, flower arranging, and the tea ceremony and its tea-masters, this book is deservedly a timeless classic and will be of interest to anyone interested in the Japanese arts and ways.

About the Author:
Kakuzo Okakura an assistant curator at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

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Kakuzo was a leading figure in Japanese art and culture at the end of the 19th century, and this book, first published in 1906, is a classic treatise explicating the philosophical nuances of tea and the tea ceremony in Japanese culture. This edition contains an introduction by Liza Dalby who was the first American trained as a Geisha in the 1970s, and elegant photos by Daniel Proctor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877739180
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/18/1993
Series:
Shambhala Pocket Classics
Edition description:
1st Shambhala ed
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
3.03(w) x 4.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Kakuzo Okakura (1863–1919)—scholar, well-known art critic, and curator of the Chinese and Japanese art collection at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts—devoted his life to the preservation and reawakening of traditional Japanese culture.

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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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