The Book of Tea has long been recognized as a classic text that embodies the essence of Japanese culture and aesthetics. In this new edition, the timeless relevance of the book is celebrated with a stunning collection of modern art inspired by the floral drawings and color teachings of two Japanese artists, Kino Bairei and Sanzo Wada. Despite their different approaches, both artists shared a common vision of nature as a source of endless inspiration, and their legacy has influenced generations of artists seeking to bridge the gap between tradition and innovation. The art in this edition of The Book of Tea invites readers to explore the beauty of Japanese art and its transformative potential, echoing the themes of harmony and balance at the core of the tea ceremony.
Okakura Kakuzo (1862-1913) was a Japanese scholar, art critic, and curator who dedicated his life to preserving and promoting traditional Japanese culture in the face of Western modernization. His most famous work, The Book of Tea (1906), explores the philosophy and aesthetics of tea and its potential to promote cultural harmony. Okakura's legacy continues to inspire and influence artists and cultural enthusiasts around the world.