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The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
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The Book of Tea (original 1906; edition 1991)

by Kakuzo Okakura

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Written in 1906 by a future philosopher, curator and Zen teacher, this book, which was intended to be read aloud in a famous salon, interweaves the history of tea with Japanese society. It also contains essays on spirituality, poetry and art.
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Title:The Book of Tea
Authors:Kakuzo Okakura
Info:Kodansha International (JPN) (1991), Paperback, 160 pages
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The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura (1906)

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The room is silent
A single flash of lightning
outside the tearoom
The tea-master knows enough
not to speak.

Read this if you want to think about: Japan. Tea. Tao. Space. Emptiness. Focus. Art. History. Zen. Punctuation. Equality. Awareness. ( )
  6loss | Nov 7, 2019 |
A classic, well written work of Japanese literature. Its subtitle could be 'an asian life philosophy.' Written in 1906 as western culture became more adopted in Japan. This book was meant to preserve the traditions and 'Teaism' culture developed in Japan based in the ancient tea ceremony. ( )
  landschaft_archt | Feb 19, 2019 |
I was very fascinated by the different schools of thought and views on life, nature and art that are explored. Though the central theme of Tea is woven through the book, it contains so much more deep thinking and contemplation, when it comes to culture and society. I loved this unique glance at Japanese culture and society, as well as the flowing, comforting language Okakura uses. ( )
  marie2830 | Sep 2, 2018 |
Good book if you want to learn more about asian culture and asian aesthetics mixed in with Taoist mysticism. ( )
  Heather.Dennis | Nov 29, 2017 |
This inspires me to strive for grace. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
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Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.
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The whole idea of Teaism is a result of this Zen conception of greatness in the smallest incidents of life.
One day Soshi was walking on the bank of a river with a friend. "How delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water!" exclaimed Soshi. His friend spake to him thus: "You are not a fish; how do you know that the fishes are enjoying themselves?" "You are not myself," returned Soshi; "how do you know that I do not know that the fishes are enjoying themselves?"
Rikiu was watching his son Shoan as he swept and watered the garden path. "Not clean enough," said Rikiu, when Shoan had finished his task, and bade him try again. After a weary hour the son returned to Rikiu: "Father, there is nothing more to be done. The steps have been washed for the third time, the stone lanterns and the trees are well sprinkled with water, moss and lichens are shining with a fresh verdure; not a twig, not a leaf have I left on the ground." "Young fool," chided the tea-master, "that is not the way a garden path should be swept." Saying this, Rikiu stepped into the garden, shook a tree and scattered over the garden gold and crimson leaves, scraps of the brocade of autumn! What Rikiu demanded was not cleanliness alone, but the beautiful and the natural also.
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