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The Book of Tea

    • Discover the fascinating character of Okakura Kakuzo and the story of how he came to write one of the 20th century’s most influential books on art, beauty, and simplicity—all steeped in the world’s communal cup of tea. Born in 1862, his incredible journey took him from Yokohama to New York, Paris, Bombay, and Boston, where his life intertwined with such luminaries as Rabindranath Tagore, John Singer Sargent, Henry James, John La Farge, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Ezra Pound, and Henri Matisse. His writings influenced the work of such notable artists as Frank Lloyd Wright and Georgia O'Keeffe. He eventually became the Asian Arts Director at The Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

      The original 1906 text from The Book of Tea has been translated into 40 languages and can be found in the libraries of philosophers, artists, and teaists around the world.  With this new Benjamin Press edition, tea historian Bruce Richardson brings a fresh insight into how Okakura's philosophy continues to inspire today’s tea and art cultures. When you understand the life of Okakura, as presented in the new introduction, you begin to comprehend the depth of work. 

      This expanded edition includes many historical photographs and colored illustrations, such as examples of Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji. Plus, Richardson includes an all-new chapter on America's thirst for Japanese tea during the late 1800s, illustrated with archival photographs of Japanese tea production in the 19th century.

      This is a signed copy.