This 1906 guide to the beauty of the tea ceremony is both a paean to the art of simplicity, and a wry critique of the West's view of Japan.
'Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.'
In this charming book from 1906, Okakura explores Zen, Taoism, Tea Masters and the significance of the Japanese tea ceremony.
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 by Kakuzo Okakura, first published in 1906
Penguin Little Black Classics
Paperback / softback, 128 pages
Published in United Kingdom in 2016
Dimensions: 16.1 x 11.1 x 1 cm (0.06 kg)