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.
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
This classic of Japanese studies is an important contribution to the understanding of Japanese art and culture. The author, Okakura wrote Ideals of the East at the turn of the 20th century. The book quickly became a museum of Asiatic civilization, and yet more than a museum, because the singular genius of the Japanese people leads them to dwell on all phases of the ideals of the past, which welcomes the new without losing the old. He wrote of that broad expanse of love for the Ultimate and Universal, enabling the people of Asia to produce all the great religions of the world. In Buddhism he found "that great ocean of idealism, in which merge all the river-systems of Eastern Asiatic thought--not colored only with the pure water of the Ganges, for the Tartaric nations that joined it made their genius also tributary, bringing new symbolism, new organization, new powers of devotion, to add to the treasures of the Faith." Asiatic art and culture went hand in hand, and how well Okakura wrote about both!
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.
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.
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: Large Printby Kakuzo OkakuraThe Book of Tea was written by Okakura Kakuzo in the early 20th century. It was first published in 1906, and has since been republished many times.In the book, Kakuzo introduces the term Teaism and how Tea has affected nearly every aspect of Japanese culture, thought, and life. The book is accessibile to Western audiences because Kakuzo was taught at a young age to speak English; and spoke it all his life, becoming proficient at communicating his thoughts to the Western Mind. In his book, he discusses such topics as Zen and Taoism, but also the secular aspects of Tea and Japanese life. The book emphasises how Teaism taught the Japanese many things...