the book of tea
by Okakura Kakuzo, with an Introduction by Liza Dalby
Publisher: Tuttle; (2000)
Hardcover: 128 pages
Originally published in 1906, in English, this essay describes the tea ceremony— a tradition deeply connected to the wabi sabi way— to a Western audience. The book is attractively designed, and includes a helpful introduction by Liza Dalby.
Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism— Teaism” (p.18).
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