The Book of Tea

Okakura Kakuzō

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The Book of Tea: A Japanese Harmony of Art, Culture, and the Simple Life by Japanese scholar Okakura Kakuzō, was first published in 1906. A revered English classic on tea, it is an extensive exploration of the interplay between teaism, Taoism, and the artistic essence of Japanese culture. With a focus on engaging Western readers, this essay delves into the profound significance of tea in Japanese traditions, transcending its role as a mere beverage to embody various artistic forms. Okakura begins by unraveling the Western perception of tea, gradually unveiling the deep-rooted admiration of the Japanese populace for it, as well as shedding light on the diverse tea schools, their ties to Zen philosophy, and the profound influence of tea on the arts. Detailed insights into the revered tea ceremony, its strict protocols, and the pivotal roles played by eminent tea-masters enrich the narrative. Regarded as a pioneering work introducing Eastern culture and philosophies to the West, The Book of Tea owes its influence to Okakura's early exposure to the English language and Western ideologies. Moreover, his leadership of the Asian art division at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, commencing in 1910, further cemented his ability to bridge these cultural divides.

This book has 18,095 words, 30 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1906.

Production notes: This ebook of The Book of Tea was published by Global Grey on the 13th December 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Shinto Shrine in Nikko' by Vasily Vereshchagin.

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