The Book of Tea: Okakura Kakuzo

December 30, 2013 - Comment

In this 2011 expanded edition, readers will discover the fascinating character of Okakura Kakuzo and the story of how he came to write one of the twentieth century’s most influential books on art, beauty, and simplicity all steeped in the world’s communal cup of tea. His incredible journey took him from Yokohama to New York,

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In this 2011 expanded edition, readers will discover the fascinating character of Okakura Kakuzo and the story of how he came to write one of the twentieth century’s most influential books on art, beauty, and simplicity all steeped in the world’s communal cup of tea. His incredible journey took him from Yokohama to New York, Paris, Bombay, and Boston, where his life intertwined with such luminaries as Rabindranath Tagore, John Singer Sargent, Henry James, John La Farge, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Ezra Pound, and Henri Matisse. His writings influenced the work of such notable artists as Frank Lloyd Wright and Georgia O Keeffe. This edition includes 50 historical photographs and illustrations, Okakura’s classic 1906 text, and a chapter on how how his philosophy continues to inspire today’s tea and art culture. Plus, American tea writer Bruce Richardson includes an illustrated chapter on America’s thirst for Japanese tea in the late 1800s.

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Rebecca Jessup "Frequent reader" says:

TEA-riffic — by Duncan Newcomer On reading “The Book of Tea” newly published by Benjamin Press.If you can have two or three or four cups of tea then you can have several editions of the classic “The Book of Tea.” This new one could be your Best One. Or maybe you’ve never really read or bought an edition of this philosophical, poetic, and seemingly ancient book. This one — after you read Bruce Richardson’s introduction — would be the one you really read, and savor.It is both pleasant and penetrating to…

kennethb says:

an important moment in Art Okakura Kakuzo was an important influence on the Gardner circle to this day and his insights brought a clarity to the movement toward the modern age and the wisdom of the past setting a precursor to the spirit of the modern soon to emerge at the Armory show. this book, only outwardly about tea, calls to the artistic spirit in all. a good edition of a timeless classic belonging in the library of every artist- though it will spend most of its time in studio, or at bedside.

Anonymous says:

The condition of the book was perfect.The content met the expectations.The transport went very quickly.The receiver was happy with our gift.

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