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In the trembling grey of a spring dawn, when the birds were whispering in mysterious cadence among the trees, have you not felt that they were talking to their mates about the flowersWowTrue beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally complete the incompleteJust wowRikiu loved to quote an old poem which says To those who long only for flowers, fain would I show the full blown spring which abides in the toiling buds of snow covered hillsMore wowThe tea master, Kobori Enshiu, himself a daimyo, has left to us these memorable words Approach a great painting as thou wouldst approach a great prince In order to understand a masterpiece, you must lay yourself low before it and await with bated breath its least utteranceWow ad infinitum Proper reviewMeanwhile, let us have a sip of tea The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of thingsBeautiful writing all around In terms of prose, it has to be the best Japanese book I have read Okakura s purpose is to show west the depth of thought that is contained in simplicity of Eastern culture, Teaism in particular Teaism is a culture life style in Japan which values things like modesty, simplicity etc in many ways very opposite of consumerism that plagues present day world Besides general history of tea and Teaism, the author discusses a bunch of other subjects such as need of a dialogue between West and East, religions Taoism, Budhism, Jainism etc , flowers, poetry, translation, philosophy, art, aesthetics, architecture etc within a very short space and without ever discarding his beautiful prose About TaoismThe ancient sages never put their teachings in systematic form They spoke in paradoxes, for they were afraid of uttering half truths They began by talking like fools and ended by making their hearers wise Laotse himself, with his quaint humour, says, If people of inferior intelligence hear of the Tao, they laugh immensely It would not be the Tao unless they laughed at itAbout TranslationsTranslation is always a treason, and as a Ming author observes, can at its best be only the reverse side of a brocade all the threads are there, but not the subtlety of colour or designPhilosophyOne day Soshi was walking on the bank of a river with a friend How delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water exclaimed Soshi His friend spake to him thus You are not a fish how do you know that the fishes are enjoying themselves You are not myself , returned Soshi how do you know that I do not know that the fishes are enjoying themselvesArt criticism An eminent Sung critic once made a charming confession Said he In my young days I praised the master whose pictures I liked, but as my judgement matured I praised myself for liking what the masters had chosen to have me likeMore quotesThe primeval man in offering the first garland to his maiden thereby transcended the brute He became human in thus rising above the crude necessities of nature He entered the realm of art when he perceived the subtle use of the useless Man at ten is an animal, at twenty a lunatic, at thirty a failure, at forty a fraud, and at fifty a criminal Tell me, gentle flowers, teardrops of the stars, standing in the garden, nodding your heads to the bees as they sing of the dews and sunbeams, are you aware of the fearful doom that awaits you Dream on, sway and frolic while you may in the gentle breeze of summer To morrow a ruthless hand will close around your throats You will be wrenched, torn asunder limb by limb, and borne away from your quiet homes The wretch, she may be passing fair She may say how lovely you are while her fingers are still moist with your bloodIt may even be your lot to be confined in some narrow vessel with only stagnant water to quench the maddening thirst that warns of ebbing life Asl nda Bolano nun Vah i Hafiyelerin den ay Kitab na nas l geldi imi anlatmam laz m san r m Okuyanlar bilir Vah i Hafiyeler de edebiyat lardan bahsetti i k s mlar vard r Orada daha nce de ad na a ina oldu um ve merak da etti im Ezra Pound dan da bahseder Hafiyelerin pe inde hafiyeli e zenip Ezra Pound un pe ine d m t m Hakk nda el yordam biraz ara t rma yap p Pound un Kakuza Okakura dan olduk a etkilendi ini rendim Okakura n n T rk ede bildi im kadar yla ba ka bir kitab da yok Okakura asl nda bir edebiyat de il, kendi lkesinde ve d ar da da ok de er verilen bir sanat bilim insan diyebilirim Bu kitab nda da her ey asl nda Uzakdo u da ok nem verilen ama bizim anlamakta zorland m z ay seremonilerinin a klanmas ile ba l yor ancak kitaba yo unla t k a anlat lan n sadece ay seremonileri olmad ortaya k yor Bunun bir a ama st de Okakura n n kurdu u her c mlede durup uzunu uzun d nmek Ger ekten k sac k bir kitap olmakla birlikte her bir c mlenin ne kadar anlam bar nd rd n , zerine saatlerce s ren d ncelere dal nabilece ini ben kitab n sonuna do ru anca fark ettim imdi bu ay Kitab ndan bir sonraki macerada Erns J nger in Cam Ar lar na nas l ula t mdan bahsedeyim 1800 lerin sonu 1900 lerin ba nda gezinmeye devam ediyorum bir hafiye gibi Kakuzo Okakura ya ad d nemde bir ok insan etkilemi Sadece edebiyatta da de il stelik Okakura etkisine kap lanlardan biri de Martin Heidegger Ve Heidegger in yak n arkada lar ndan, mektupla p onun etkisi ile felsefi metinler de kaleme alan Ernst J nger nam di er Cam Ar lar n yazar Edebiyat sen nelere kadirsin , senin pe inden ko mak d nya zerinde kaybolabilmeyi ba armak gibi. This book was just wonderful It discusses the history of teaism in Asia mainly Japan but also China It s written in a very poetic and philosophical manner Not only does the book talk about tea, it also talks about how tea has influenced Japanese culture, especially Japanese cuisine, clothing, literature and art I learned some quite surprising facts For example, onions were added to tea in some places, and tea drinking was considered to be an occupation of depraved people The book also goes into detail about the Japanese tea ceremony and how Japanese tea houses are built in a specific way for atmosphere Everything is exact the decor, the utensils, the clothing of the participants, the asymmetric nature, the seemingly fragile architectureIt s quite amazing the amount of detail that goes into conducting a tea ceremony.There are also many myths and legends added anecdotally Also, some information on Buddhism and Taoism and Confucianism was included, as well as poetry As a lover of flowers, I enjoyed the ode to flowers.One of favourite quotes is But I am not to be a polite Teaist So much harm has been done already by the mutual misunderstanding of the New World and the Old, that one need not apologize for contributing his tithe to the furtherance of a better understanding I wholeheartedly agree with this Additionally, we have developed along different lines, but there is no reason why one should not supplement the other Hear, hear Okakura is definitely very patriotic Side note one of my Japanese co workers told me that Okakura was forced to commit seppuku Samurai ritualistic suicide as he was heavily involved in politics On one hand, he bemoans how the West supposedly looks down on Japan and then he displays ethnocentric qualities himself, especially when he noted that Western homes have a vulgar display of riches Hmm That was my only gripe with this book I will definitely be re reading it. Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things. 4.5 5The last time I felt what this book conjured up in me, I was in Medieval Art, transcribing the parts of cathedrals in relation to aspects of religion, art, and space Approaching the choir on high through the humbling nave, raising the eyes up to regard icons and murals as the voices lifts up in K rie, el ison, the intersection of westeast aisle and northsouth transept ensuring that should the images not be there, you will still be embodied in the Stations of the Cross I ve forgotten most of the terminology, but the essence is still there that contextual crossroads where seemingly disparate pieces of your life come together, granting you a glimpse of all the myriad backbones of history converging onto a single point, nothing than a moment and an insight and you I may have much of the Occidental than Oriental in the marrow of my bones, but the little I ve picked up of the Japanese culture so far was enough to set the appreciative tone regarding this particular work It is a peculiar one in the way of Mem rias p stumas de Br s Cubas, the writing in no way implying the publication date of 1905 and a position betwixt the earlier House of Mirth and the later White Fang The title is also misleading, or rather the tricky type that lures your assumptions in and laughs as they run This is indeed a book of tea, but tea in terms of history, in terms of movements both religious and aesthetic, in terms of a life of culture entire in the word chanoyu, the way of tea grounded in the fundamentals of philosophy, art, and the lifeline of Japan Those of the so called West, be prepared to bear for once the scrutinizing eye, and with patient thoughtfulness you will be guaranteed to learn.However, with every facing off between Japan and the all too encroaching powers of the author s day, there is a bevy of insightful knowledge and beauteous states of mind, ranging from discussion of the architecture of tea rooms to essays on the meaning of flowers in relation to the tea ceremony and all manner of schools in between, all of which concern themselves as heavily with thought as they do with tea Taoism and Zennism are here, both explained and expanded upon from China to Japan until finally, Teaism itself develops For such a small packet of papers, this book packs quite the punch The whole ideal of Teaism is a result of this Zen conception of greatness in the smallest incidents of life Taoism furnished the basis for aesthetic ideals, Zennism made them practical. If I said much , I would have to delve into summary, so I will leave it to you readers to discover this small, yet potent, piece of literature Chances are you will never look at anything the same way again, and will simply have to mull a while in order to regain your bearings Over a cup of tea, perhaps For a moment cherry blossoms hover like bejeweled clouds and dance above the crystal streams then, as they sail away on the laughing waters they seem to say Farewell, O Spring We are on to Eternity [ READ EBOOK ] ♃ 茶の本 ⚑ Now Available In A Gorgeous Hardcover Slipcase Edition, This Object D Art Will Be Sure To Add Grace And Elegance To Tea Shelves, Coffee Tables And Bookshelves A Keepsake Enjoyed By Tea Lovers For Over A Hundred Years, The Book Of Tea Classic Edition Will Enhance Your Enjoyment And Understanding Of The Seemingly Simple Act Of Making And Drinking TeaIn In Turn Of The Century Boston, A Small, Esoteric Book About Tea Was Written With The Intention Of Being Read Aloud In The Famous Salon Of Isabella Gardner, Boston S Most Notorious Socialite It Was Authored By Okakura Kakuzo, A Japanese Philosopher, Art Expert, And Curator Little Known At The Time, Kakuzo Would Emerge As One Of The Great Thinkers Of The Early Th Century, A Genius Who Was Insightful, Witty And Greatly Responsible For Bridging Western And Eastern Cultures Okakura Had Been Taught At A Young Age To Speak English And Was Than Capable Of Expressing To Westerners The Nuances Of Tea And The Japanese Tea CeremonyIn The Book Of Tea Classic Edition, He Discusses Such Topics As Zen And Taoism, But Also The Secular Aspects Of Tea And Japanese Life The Book Emphasizes How Teaism Taught The Japanese Many Things Most Importantly, Simplicity Kakuzo Argues That Tea Induced Simplicity Affected The Culture, Art And Architecture Of JapanNearly A Century Later, Kakuzo S The Book Of Tea Classic Edition Is Still Beloved The World Over, Making It An Essential Part Of Any Tea Enthusiast S Collection Interwoven With A Rich History Of Japanese Tea And Its Place In Japanese Society Is A Poignant Commentary On Asian Culture And Our Ongoing Fascination With It, As Well As Illuminating Essays On Art, Spirituality, Poetry, And The Book Of Tea Classic Edition Is A Delightful Cup Of Enlightenment From A Man Far Ahead Of His Time L essenza della cerimonia del t Per chi ama la letteratura giapponese, questo libro sicuramente di grande utilit , forse persino necessario.L autore, con antenati samurai, visse tra 800 e 900.In una prosa molto bella, ci aiuta a comprendere i significati profondi della cerimonia del t , momento fondamentale nella tradizione nipponica.E nel rituale zen che che trova origine la cerimonia del t Lo Zen aspira ad una visione della comunicazione profonda delle cose, considerando il loro aspetto esteriore nient altro che un ostacolo alla chiara percezione della Verit e mira a far scoprire nella propria vita il riflesso della luce spirituale.La filosofia del t mostra che il benessere va ricercato nelle cose semplici, e ben si coniuga nella cultura zen che porta a cogliere la grandezza anche nei minimi eventi della vita.Il sentiero che conduce alla stanza del t gi rappresenta il primo stadio della meditazione e assume la funzione di accompagnare al distacco dai legami col mondo esterno nella penombra dei sempreverdi e passando accanto a lanterne ricoperte di muschio si crea una sensazione di serenit e purezza.Si entra nella stanza apposita tramite una porta bassa, allo scopo di inculcare umilt.Nel piccolo e disadorno spazio interno, estremamente pulito ed essenziale,al cospetto del Maestro del T , niente turba il silenzio all infuori dell acqua che bolle nel bricco , sul cui fondo sono stati disposti alcuni pezzi di ferro, al fine di produrre una melodia particolare Vi si pu sentire l eco di un acquazzone smorzata dalle nubi un mare in lontananza che va a frangersi contro gli scogli oppure il mormorio dei pini sopra una collina lontana La calma conversazione non deve turbare l armonia dell ambiente.L estetica ha un ruolo fondamentale consiste nella bellezza dell umilt e della semplicit c gioia e bellezza anche nell ondeggiare dei flutti che avanzano verso l eternit.Come la vita stessa, anche la letteratura esprime il fascino di questa cultura, impalpabile e ricca di simbolismo.Chi ha letto il bellissimo romanzo Mille gru col suo seguito in Il disegno del piviere di Kawabata non fatica a collocare l opera letteraria nel mondo culturale che l ha generata. This book is about so much than tea This is about how something as seemingly simple as a beverage can define a culture s history, philosophy and aesthetics When it was originally published in 1906, the East was just opening to the West, and they had few cultural bridges to use to form bonds and begin to understand each other But both hemispheres shared a love of tea, and a certain ritualization of its consumption Through the history of the preparation of tea, and how the beverage travelled all over the world, Okakura sought to explain his culture to Westerners and dispel their misunderstandings about the East in general, and Japan, in particular.The spiritual aspect of the tea ceremony truly is about an appreciation of beauty, in its smallest details, and it s a way to create a moment of peaceful serenity that has an almost meditative quality Okakura ties the links between the tea ceremony and Zen practice and Taoist philosophy, and shows that the beverage has influenced every aspect of his culture in the most subtle yet remarkable ways.Okakura s writing is beautiful, and I can only assume his words were chosen with as much care as he devotes to detailed information he lovingly packaged in this small book I have been discovering Japanese writers over the last couple of years, and something about the ethereal beauty of their writing, even translated, leaves me breathless he describes a bowl of matcha as the froth of the liquid jade To be read slowly over a bowl of matcha, or while nibbling on cucumber sandwiches washed down with the very best Earl Grey. That ending Wow. .