The Book of Tea

The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo

One of the classic books for any tea library is now illustrated and expanded for a modern tea audience by Bruce Richardson. Find it in the gift shops at the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Freer Galleries at the Smithsonian and the O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe.

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Five Stars
dlalalala (United States) 6/8/2016 1:54 PM
Great combo of the literature and traditional woodblock prints as illustration.
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Five Stars
Amazon Customer (United States) 6/8/2016 1:53 PM
fine
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Wonderful Book
tyfal99 (United States) 6/8/2016 1:50 PM
Very happy to own this wonderful book.
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It's not just about a cup of tea!
Cassy (Cape Cod) 6/8/2016 1:50 PM
A great book for anyone who enjoys learning more about the mingling of eastern and western cultures. Okakura made a statement in the Boston area, and he influenced many greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Georgia O' Keeffe. This book was a gift, and it surprised me, you can't judge a book by it's cover!
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Gift to my grown niece
karen getchell (United States) 6/8/2016 1:48 PM
My niece enjoys tea and was delighted with this book. Now she has more knowledge about teas and will appreciate tea even more.
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an important moment in Art
kennethb (United States) 6/8/2016 1:46 PM
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.
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The book of tea: Okakura Kakuzo
Joop Zappeij (United States) 6/8/2016 1:35 PM
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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An open window into the tea gardens of Japan.
Fred (OH) 4/26/2016 1:15 PM
This is the second version of "The Book of Tea" I have owned. This version has some good photographs and an extensive introduction. This book is a must have for anyone with any level of interest in Taoism, Zen, Teaism, Tea, or Japanese culture and it's relations with the West. The writer also includes a chapter on art appreciation and flower arrangement, and the influence of Teaism on those particular arts, among others. Okakura Kakuzo was a wordsmith beyond poetic in his prose descriptions of the Orient. His observations about America and western ways are incisive and deep. There is a reason he is so revered by those who know.
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5.0 out of 5 starsIt's not just about a cup of tea!
Cassy (Cape Cod) 4/26/2016 1:13 PM
A great book for anyone who enjoys learning more about the mingling of eastern and western cultures. Okakura made a statement in the Boston area, and he influenced many greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Georgia O' Keeffe. This book was a gift, and it surprised me, you can't judge a book by it's cover!
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TEA-riffic!
Duncan Newcomer (New Harmony, IN) 4/26/2016 1:12 PM
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 slowly read Bruce's clear and original take on Okakura. Sipping his short introduction reveals the story of how Okakura "came to tea" as the metaphor for bringing the spirit of an Eastern aesthetic thought to a growing Western materialism. What makes this edition a useful and elegant addition to your library is that you too will feel Okakura's passion for this humane world view, captured in a cup of tea, as you will also feel that same passion in Bruce's deeply thought, originally researched, retelling of this story. That alone would be enough to make any thinking tea drinker want this book. The added extraordinary photographs, art and scholarship sweeten the pot, just right. Duncan Newcomer, New Harmony, Indiana
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