The Book of Tea

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Kessinger Publishing, Feb 1, 2003 - Cooking - 172 pages
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1906. Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It is essentially a worship of the imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we call life. Contents: cup of humanity; schools of tea; Taoism and Zennism; tea room; art appreciation; flowers; tea masters.

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Not actually about tea as much as it's about the way the tradition of the tea-house influenced the Japanese aesthetic. Interesting, touching - and not a terrible introduction to Zen, either. Read full review

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User Review  - Teresa - Goodreads

What an utter disappointment. I got this book expecting to be educated on the Japanese art of tea making. The author only talks a tiny little bit about tea. Way less than 10%. Instead, he digresses ... 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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