The Book of Tea : Japanese Tea Ceremonies and Culture by Okakura Kakuzo
The Book of Tea : Japanese Tea Ceremonies and Culture // by Okakura Kakuzo
Hardback. 96 pages.
17 line artworks, 17 illustrations.
Approximate measurements: 20cm x 27cm x 2.5cm
Absolute essential reading comes in the form of this book. A true classic!
With a brand new introduction, this is an exquisitely produced edition of a classic text made using traditional Chinese bookbinding techniques.
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."