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The Book of Tea



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Author: Okakura, Kakuzo
ISBN: 9780141191843
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2010
Pages: 90
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 7mm
Format: Paperback / softback

For a generation adjusting painfully to the demands of a modern industrial and commercial society, Asia came to represent an alternative vision of the good life- aesthetically austere, socially aristocratic, and imbued with spirituality. The Book of Tea was originally written in English and sought to address the inchoate yearnings of disaffected Westerners. In a flash of inspiration, Okakura saw that the formal tea party as practiced in New England was a distant cousin of the Japanese tea ceremony, and that East and West had thus “met in the tea-cup.”