Written in English by a Japanese scholar in 1906, ""The Book of Tea"" is an elegant attempt to explain the philosophy of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, with its Taoist and Zen Buddhist roots, to a Western audience in clear and simple terms. One of the most widely-read English works about Japan, it had a profound influence on western undertsanding of East Asian tradition.
Minor classic of the Orient. Perhaps the most entertaining, most charming explanation and interpretation of traditional Japanese culture in terms of the tea ceremony. Introduction, notes by E. F. Bleiler.
This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids The results of Mr. Okakura's visits to China and India, where he made exhaustive studies, are brilliantly set forth in this book, '' The Ideals of the East ", explaining his important and now generally accepted analysis of the movements of thought and art throughout Asia. Contents: Introduction The Range Of Ideals The Primitive Art Of Japan Confucianism—Northern China Laoism And Taoism—Southern China Buddhism And Indian Art The Asuka Period - 550 To 700 A.D. The Nara Period - 700 To 800 A.D. The Heian Period - 800 To 900 A.D. The Fujiwara Period - 900 To 1200 A.D. The Kamakura Period - 1200-1400 A.D. Toyotomi And Early Tokugawa Period - 1600-1700 A.D. Later Tokugawa Period - 1700-1850 A.D. The Meiji Period - 1850 To The Present Day The Vista
A beautiful narration on how tea became much more than just a casual beverage in Japanese culture. Author's informal style of narration takes us into the beauty of Japanese minds refined by tea traditon of Japan and the lure of Budhisim upon which the tea philosophy is based. It has served as a seminal cultural bridge to Asian life. An informative treat for tea drinkers!
The book weaves through an intricate tapestry of ideas relating to pan-Asianism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and friendship, and positions the early modernist tensions of the period within—and against—the spectre of a unified Asia that concealed considerable political differences. The book draws on pan-Asian works such as The Ideals of the East and The Awakening of the East, in counterpoint to Tagore's radical Nationalism. The book, offering new insights into the ways in which the Orient travelled within and beyond Asia stimulated by emergent modes of vernacular cosmopolitanism, will appeal to students and scholars of cultural studies, South Asian postcolonial literature, literary theory, and performance studies, as well as general readers.
The Book of Tea is a fascinating examination of Japanese thought and culture through its most central element - the tea ceremony. It was written in 1906, at a time when Japan was becoming a major player on the international scene. Author Kakuzo Okakura's fluency in English and expertise in the traditional arts rendered him uniquely qualified to help promote understanding between Japan and the West. The book offers a detailed account of the spiritual and philosophical significance of "the way of tea," tracing it's Taoist and Zen Buddhist roots, as well as a more material look at the effects of tea on Japanese life. Enlightening and entertaining, The Book of Tea is an unmissable classic.