by Okakuro Kakuzo
Foreword by Anita Schafer
Originally published in 1906, The Book of Tea introduced American and other Western readers to Japanese culture and how tea is an essential component of it. However, the book has a broader message. Okakura deftly makes comparisons between East and West, highlighting each strengths and imperfections. Okakura’s essay also introduces Teaism and appreciation of the aesthetic. The moments of repose while drinking tea offer an insight and a presence hardly found in many activities. The art of the Japanese tea ceremony is outlined and explained in detail. A classic among literary scholars and tea enthusiasts.