The Book of Tea

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Originally published in 1906, this revered book is a series of essays on tea drinking along with its history and rich connection to Japanese culture. A timeless classic, it will interest anyone curious about the arts and sensibilities of Japan. Soft cover, 116 pages.

  • Softcover, 116 Pages
  • Author: Kakuzo Okakura
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
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More philosophy than about tea
May 7, 2012
Reviewer:  Amy V 

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This book wasn't much what I expected it to be. I thought it would be a straight forward history of tea in Japanese culture with more focus on the tea itself. I expected to read about different types of tea, how cultivation changed over the centuries, how tea was enjoyed for certain occasions, etc. The book is about tea in Japanese culture but it is very philosophical and focuses more on how tea drinking is tied with other Eastern religions like Taoism and Zennism. The language is definitely of the late 19th century which is different but nice (had to look up a few words). The author is a bit critical of Western societies but I don't blame him. It was a nice read (very short, only 100 pages) but it just wasn't at all what I expected. I probably wouldn't have spent $10.00 on it had I known better what I was getting. But I'm not bitter. It was a pleasant change from the stuff I usually read.

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