The book of tea paperback december 23, 2011 by kakuzo okakura author 4. It was first published in 1906, and has since been republished. In the book of tea classic edition he discusses such topics as zen and taoism, but also the secular aspects of tea and japanese life. The book of tea by kakuzo okakura original edition. The book is noted to be accessibile to western audiences because. Book of tea by kakuzo okakura, 9781429012799, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. This book is neither about tea the drink nor tea the plant.
The fifteenth century saw japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticismteaism. Written by kakuzo okakura in 1906, this is a tea classic that you will either love or loathe. The book of tea by okakura kakuzo introduction by bruce richardson 2016 illustrated edition. The book of tea by kakuzo okakura beauty of the world. The average westerner, in his sleek complacency, will see in the tea ceremony but another instance of the thousand and one oddities which constitute the quaintness and childishness of the east to him. Kakuzo okakuras the book of tea part 7 boston teawrights. Kakuzo argues that teainduced simplicity affected the culture, art and architecture of japan. Next, it considers the rendering of the book of tea back into japanese 1929, 1938, 1956, analyzing the challenges and timeliness of. The three stages of the evolution of teathe boiled tea, the whipped tea, and the steeped tea, representative of the tang, the sung, and the ming dynasties of chinaluwuh, the first apostle of teathe teaideals of the three dynastiesto the latterday chinese tea is a delicious beverage, but not an idealin japan tea is a religion of.
In china, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. In this charming book from 1906, okakura explores zen, taoism, tea masters and the significance of the japanese tea ceremony. The book of tea, book by kakuzo okakura mass market. The book of tea wikisource, the free online library. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the book of tea. The three stages of the evolution of tea the boiled tea, the whipped tea, and the steeped tea, representative of the tang, the sung, and the ming dynasties of china luwuh, the first apostle of tea the tea ideals of the three dynasties to the latterday chinese tea is a delicious beverage, but not an ideal in japan tea is a religion of the art of life. Japanese tea ceremony, social life and customs, tea, philosophy, chado, fiction. 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 teacup.
It especially shines light on that of japanese and chinese cultures in relation to tea, while enlightening westerners on the common viewpoints of both. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Okakura exhibits the distinctive personality of the east through the. Book description this 1906 guide to the beauty of the tea ceremony is both a paean to the art of simplicity, and a. In the book of tea classic edition, he discusses such topics as zen and taoism, but also the secular aspects of tea and japanese life. The book of tea by kakuzo okakura is a short volume that explains the unique tradition of the japanese tea ceremony, from utensils used at the ceremony to historical context. 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. The book of tea was written by okakura kakuzo in the early 20th century. The book of tea by kakuzo okakura internet sacred text. The book of tea kakuzo okakura audiobook and ebook. The book of tea by okakura kakuzo 1906 is a long essay linking the role of chado teaism to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of japanese life.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling little black classics series, to. It is not intended for posterity and is therefore ephemeral. As a teen, he became a student at the newlyorganized tokyo university where he served as interpreter and guide for countless intellectual americans touring his country. The book of tea is a great read for anyone wanting to understand the essence of japanese culture and its influence on midcentury design. Published in 1906, okakuras book of tea espouses that tea is the foundation for a system of life, a philosophy, and its associated benefits all conspire to bring together that which is fundamental, holistically and spiritually. It has been translated to over 30 languages worldwide. The book of tea by kakuzo okakura and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The book of tea audio book by okakura kakuzo 186319 the book of tea was written by okakura kakuzo in the early 20th century. Some conservatives opposed such modernization and wished to preserve the old ways. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak english and was more than capable of expressing to westerners the nuances of tea and the japanese tea ceremony. The book of tea, which followed two previous meditations on japanese culture by okakura, became a central text in the orientalist movement of the early 1900s, and captivated poets like eliot and. Kakuzo okakuras the book of tea part 2 boston teawrights. The book of tea audio book by okakura kakuzo 186319. Okakura and fenollosa would maintain a close relationship for many years.
We have good and bad tea, as we have good and bad paintings generally the latter. In the book, kakuzo introduces the term teaism and how tea has affected nearly every aspect of japanese culture, thought, and life. Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities. The book of tea is beautifully designed and will make an excellent small gift, especially since tea has become fashionable. Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in english and is one of the great english tea classics. Librivox recording of the book of tea, by okakura kakuzo. The paper first looks at how okakura kakuzos the book of tea reshaped and reinterpreted a piece of japan for the englishspeaking world in 1906, discussing the authors choice and methods.
His incredible journey took him from yokohama to new york, paris. There is no single recipe for making the perfect tea, as there are no rules for producing a titian or a sesson. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Published in 1906, okakura s book of tea espouses that tea is the foundation for a system of life, a philosophy, and its associated benefits all conspire to bring together that which is fundamental, holistically and spiritually. He was wont to regard japan as barbarous while she indulged in the gentle. It was first published in 1906, and has since been republished many times. The book is noted to be accessible to western audiences because though kakuzo was born and raised japanese, he was trained from a young age. T his 1906 treatise, written by kakuzo okakura for a western audience keen to educate themselves in eastern art and custom, details the japanese tea ceremony and the teaist movement stemming from. The book emphasizes how teaism taught the japanese many things. Okakuras book is a timeless dissertation on both the nature of tea and of japanese culture that adapted it from earlier origins in china, transforming the simple act of making and serving a humble beverage into a quintessential microcosm of the japanese traditional art of living. Its about what the author refers to as teaism, which is akin to taoism and zen and which extols the virtues of simplicity, purity, and humility.
From taoist and zen upbringings, teaism not a typo. The tearoom is made for the teamaster, not the teamaster for the tearoom. Okakura kakuzo, february 14, 1862 september 2, 19 also known as okakura tenshin was a japanese scholar who contributed to the development of arts in japan. Outside japan, he is chiefly remembered today as the author of the book of tea. The book of tea is an essay written by kakuzo okakura in 1906. The book of tea, cha no hon by okakura kakuzo 1906 is a long essay linking the role of chado teaism to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of japanese life. The book of tea by kakuzo okakura is perhaps the best loved of all tea classics available in the english language. The book of tea was originally written in english and sought to address the inchoate yearnings of disaffected westerners.
The idea that everyone should have a house of his own is based on an ancient custom of the japanese race, shinto superstition ordaining that every dwelling should be evacuated on the death of its chief occupant. Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in english and is one. This exploration of the japanese tea ceremony is a fascinating exposition of japanese culture and the countrys relationship to the west the guardian. In the late19th and early20th centuries, japan underwent a period of modernization. The book is noted to be accessibile to western audiences because though. I have recently began reading the book of tea by kakuzo okakura which, though it was published in 1906, still holds relevancy to the traditions, customs and cultural beliefs in many asian nationalities around the world. Okakura kakuzo 186319 the book of tea was written by okakura kakuzo in the early 20th century. The book of tea by okakura kakuzo free at loyal books. In his essay, okakura addresses us the western audience and discusses the role of tea in japanese culture. Publication date 1906 topics tea, japanese tea ceremony, japan social life and customs publisher london, new york, putmans sons collection cdl. Nearly a century later, kakuzos the book of tea classic edition is still beloved the world over, making it an essential part of any tea enthusiasts collection. Okakura kakuzo was born in yokohama in 1862, just as japan was opening its doors to the west. The book is accessibile to western audiences because kakuzo was taught at a young age to speak. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak english.864 106 1390 593 1520 794 969 522 1226 653 291 856 435 1409 483 973 567 708 1372 967 879 199 152 918 91 831 234 908 662 529 88 844 665 322 700 886 705 218 912 1189 1217 1474 1456 651 786