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  • Published: 17 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141932729
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

The Book Of Tea

Little Black Classics




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.

For a generation adjusting painfully to the demands of a modern industrial and commercial society, Asia came to represent an alternative vision of the good life: aesthetically austere, socially aristocratic, and imbued with spirituality. The Book of Tea was originally written in English and sought to address the inchoate yearnings of disaffected Westerners. In a flash of inspiration, Okakura saw that the formal tea party as practiced in New England was a distant cousin of the Japanese tea ceremony, and that East and West had thus "met in the tea-cup."

  • Pub date: 17 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141932729
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the Author

Kakuzo Okakura

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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