The Book of Tea

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ARC MANOR, 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  - 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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About the author (2008)

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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