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The Book of Tea MRR

by Kakuzo Okakura

The 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 noted to be accessibile to Western audiences
because though Kakuzo was born and raised Japanese, he was
trained from a young age to speak English; and would speak
it all his life, becoming proficient at communicating his
thoughts in the Western Mind. In his book he elucidates 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; most importantly, simplicity.
Kakuzo argues that this tea-induced simplicity affected art and
architecture, and he was a long-time student of the visual arts.
He ends the book with a chapter on Tea Masters, and spends some
time talking about Sen no Rikyu and his contribution to the
Japanese Tea Ceremony.


CHAPTER I. THE CUP OF HUMANITY
Tea ennobled into Teaism, a religion of ecstheticism, the
adoration of the beautiful among everyday facts Teaism
developed among both nobles and peasants The mutual
misunderstanding of the New World and the Old The Worship of
Tea in the West Early records of Tea in European writing
The Taoists version of the combat between Spirit and Matter
The modern struggle for wealth and power.


CHAPTER II. THE SCHOOLS OF TEA
The three stages of the evolution of Tea The Boiled Tea,
the Whipped Tea, and the Steeped Tea, representative of the
Tang, the Sung, and the Ming dynasties of China Luwuh, the
first apostle of Tea The Tea-ideals of the three dynasties
To the latter-day Chinese Tea is a delicious beverage, but
not an ideal In Japan Tea is a religion of the art of life.


CHAPTER III. TAOISM AND ZENNISM
The connection of Zennism with Tea Taoism, and its successor
Zennism, represent the individualistic trend of the Southern
Chinese mind Taoism accepts the mundane and tries to find
beauty in our world of woe and worry Zennism emphasizes the
teachings of Taoism Through consecrated meditation may be
attained supreme self-realisation Zennism, like Taoism, is
the worship of Relativity Ideal of Teaism a result of the Zen
conception of greatness in the smallest incidents of life Taoism
furnished the basis for aesthetic ideals, Zennism made them
practical.


CHAPTER IV. THE TEA-ROOM
The tea-room does not pretend to be other than a mere cottage
The simplicity and purism of the tea-room Symbolism in the
construction of the tea-room The system of its decoration
A sanctuary from the vexations of the outer world.


CHAPTER V. ART APPRECIATION
Sympathetic communion of minds necessary for art appreciation
The secret understanding between the master and ourselves The
value of suggestion Art is of value only to the extent that
it speaks to us No real feeling in much of the apparent
enthusiasm to-day Confusion of art with archaeology We are
destroying art in destroying the beautiful in life.


CHAPTER VI. FLOWERS
Flowers our constant friends The Master of Flowers The
waste of Flowers among Western communities The art of
floriculture in the East The Tea-Masters and the Cult
of Flowers The Art of Flower Arrangement The adoration
of the Flower for its own sake The Flower-Masters Two
main branches of the schools of Flower Arrangement, the
Formalistic and the Naturalesque.


CHAPTER VII. TEA-MASTERS
Real appreciation of art only possible to those who make of
it a living influence Contributions of the Tea-Masters to
art Their influence on the conduct of life The Last Tea
of Rikiu.


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