The Book of Tea
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The Book of Tea

By (author) Kakuzo Okakura

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This modern classic, "The Book of Tea,"" is essentially an apology for Eastern traditions and feelings to the Western world -- not in passionate, oversentimental terms, but with a charm and underlying toughness which clearly indicate some of the enduring differences between the Eastern and Western mind. Okakura exhibits the distinctive "personality" of the East through the philosophy of Teasism and the ancient Japanese ceremony. This ceremony is particularly revelatory of a conservative strain in Japanese culture; its ideals of aesthetic tranquility and submission to the ways of the past find no parallel in the major cultural motifs of the West.

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 134.62 x 208.28 x 7.62mm | 136.08g
  • 01 Feb 1964
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York
  • English
  • 0486200701
  • 9780486200705
  • 32,500

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In the 1880s and 90s Okakura Kakuzo was a leading figure in the movement to preserve Japanese culture in the face of the intense foreign influences then flooding the country. He later moved to Boston, and became curator of the Japanese and Chinese art department at the Museum of Fine Arts. Written in the early 1900s, this interpretation of the Japanese tea ceremony reveals to Westerners its deep significance concerning art, nature, Zen meditation and a refinement of living, drawn from the sober simplicities of the ritual. (Kirkus UK)

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