The Book of Tea (Google eBook)

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Arc Manor LLC, Dec 1, 2008 - History - 80 pages
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The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism in the ordinary acceptance of the term, for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature. It is hygiene, for it enforces cleanliness; it is economics, for it shows comfort in simplicity rather than in the complex and costly; it is moral geometry, inasmuch as it defines our sense of proportion to the universe. It represents the true spirit of Eastern democracy by making all its votaries aristocrats in taste. (from "The Book of Tea")
  

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User Review  - Kirstine - Goodreads

“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rowena - Goodreads

This book was just wonderful. It discusses the history of teaism in Asia (mainly Japan but also China). It's written in a very poetic and philosophical manner. Not only does the book talk about tea ... Read full review

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Okakura (1863-1913) was an administrator and scholar who had a profound effect on art and aesthetics both in Japan and the West. He helped found an arts college and in 1904 became an assistant curator at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Through his writings, Okakura was able to permanently affect the way the West viewed Japan and Asia.

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