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This modern classic invites the reader to discover a unique tradition that has come to symbolize the wisdom, beauty, and the elegant simplicity of Asian culture. The author celebrates the Way of Tea from its ancient origins in Chinese Taoism to its culmination in the Zen discipline known as the Japanese tea ceremony—an enchanting practice bringing together such arts as arc...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by Shambhala (first published November 30th 1905)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Just a few things:

* If you find yourself moving 13 times across 4 cities in 3 states over a period of less than 3 years, you'll notice that your bedroom looks more and more like a Japanese tea room each time.

* Monzaemon Chikamatsu is referred to in this text as the "Japanese Shakespeare." Will I be seeking this man's work out as soon as possible? Damn right! Pfft...don't threaten me with a good time.

* "We have an old saying in Japan that a woman cannot love a man who is truly vain, for there is...more
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.

The 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...more
Jun 06, 2013 Rowena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tea lovers and Japanophiles
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 goe...more


لم يعد هناك معنى لكوب قهوتي الذي رافقني أثناء قراءة الكتاب...فاستبدلته بكوب من الشاي "كوب الإنسانية"...لعلّ شيئا من فلسفة تلك الحياة التي وصفها الكاتب تدبّ فيه

والكتاب لمن لم يقرأه فعلا يتضمن أسلوب حياة وفلسفة لا تقتصر على الشاي فقط، وإنما منصة فكرية وجمالية يشرح فيها "أوكاكورا" السمات المميزة للحياة الشرقية، من أجل فهم أوسع من قبل الغربي لجماليات تلك الحضارة وما بنيت عليها، لكسر الصورة النمطية في تفكيره تجاه تلك الحضارة العظيمة


بلغة شعريّة وفلسفة عميقة ووصف بديع لطقوس الشاي الساحرة وأبعادها الرو
Lubna ALajarmah
المكتوب أدناه مقتبس حرفياً من الكتاب، والصور أيضاً كلها من نفس الكتاب، ولما اقتبست فقط أمنح الكتاب 3 من 5 والمزيد من الصور هنا

"على غرار الفن، هناك حقب ومدارس للشاي. ونستطيع تقسيم تطوره إلى ثلاث مراحل أساسية: الشاي المغلي، والشاي المخفوق، والشاي المنقوع. وننتمي نحن أبناء هذا الزمن إلى المدرسة الأخيرة. وما هذه المنهج المتعددة في تقدير الشاي إلا دلالة روحية على العصر الذي سادت فيه".ص24

"منذ أقدم الأزمنة، عّرفت نبتة الشاي وموطنها الأصلي جنوب الصين، كواحد من النباتات الصينية والأعشاب الطبية. ويرد ذكر
Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.

It’s not a book about tea, in the sense that it’s not about how to drink your tea, what sorts you can get and what fancy properties they have and...more
Matt Riddle
The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō

Too little tea, we learn, was a Japanese expression used in reference to a person too busy to stop and smell the roses. Too much tea, then, refers to a person so busy smelling the roses he has little time for much else. In my humble estimation, Mr. Okakura had a little too much tea in him.

The Book of Tea makes a number of interesting points. I agree with its author that we Occidentals tend to downplay the Orient’s contributions to such fields as philosophy, relig...more

"«الكوب الأول يرطب شفتي وحلقي، والكوب الثاني يكسر وحدتي، والثالث يجوس في داخلي المجدب فلا يجد هناك سوى نحو خمسة آلاف مجلد من النقوش الغربية. الكوب الرابع يتسبب في تعرق بسيط تخرج معه من مسامي جميع مساوئ العيش. وحين أصل إلى الكوب الخامس أكون قد تطهرت؛ والكوب السادس يناديني إلى جنات الخلد. أما الكوب السابع.. آه، لا أستطيع تناول المزيد! لا أحس سوى بهبوب النسيم العليل في أكمامي. أين أنت يا هورايسان؟ دعوني امتطي الخيل في هذا النسيم العذب وارتحل إلى هناك»

* لو تونغ - شاعر صيني من حقبة تانغ

قرأت النسخة...more
Dec 13, 2007 Banzai rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artists, Buddhists, Teaists, and any other kind of "ist" that loves beauty.
Okakura Kakuzo writes that he is "not a polite teaist." This is true. In the Book of Tea, he more or less shames the world, in particular his own countrymen, for subscribing to Western aesthetics. He also makes it clear how he feels about said aesthetics and the junk art coming out of the cluttered, cheap and materialistic culture of 19th century Europe and America. That said, I didn't like this book because I'm a self-deprecating whitey.

I liked this book first and foremost because it's pretty!...more
كتاب ممتع جداً، يرصد تاريخ الشاي كمشروب وكيف انتقل من الصين إلى اليابان ليتحول من عشبة طبية إلى مشروب له دلالات ثقافية وفسلفية مرتبطة بالمجتمع الياباني. كيف أن الشاي ارتبط بالجمال وبكل القيم الخاصة بحضارة اليابان.

لا يمكنني أن أنقل إليكم انطباعاتي الخاصة بالكتاب بشكل كامل، لأنه بالفعل كتاب لن تستطيعوا إدراك جماله الحقيقي قبل قراءته.

أحب أن ألفت النظر أيضاً غلى براعة المترجم الفلسطيني سامر أبوهواش، الذي استطاع أن ينقل روح هذا الكتاب إلى العربية فجاءت الترجمة رائعة وأعتقد تماماً أنها نقلت عذوية ور...more

يا للجمال !
استمتعت بتأمل طقوس الشرق في تقديس الشاي وأنا أحتسِي كوبًا مِن الشاي الأخضر وآخر أحمر ،، وأيُ متعةٍ أكبر !؟


في سنة 1610 م حملت سفن تابعة لـ "الشركة الهولندية لشرق الهند" أولى شحنات الشاي إلى أوروبا. وقد بات الشاي معروفًا في فرنسا في العالم 1636 م، ووصل إلى روسيا في 1638 م. أما إنجلترا فقد رحّبت به في العام 1650 م، ووصفته بأنه "ذلك الشراب الصيني الممتاز الذي يصدّق عليه جميع الأطباء،
يسميه الصينيون "تشا"
وتسميه الأمم الأخرى "تاي"
والمعروف باسم "تي"
Tea (الشاي)


رابط إلكتروني للكتاب...more
Lina AL Ojaili
أنه من الغريب بما فيه الكفاية أن الإنسانية قد التقت حتى الآن على كوب شاي، فهو الطقس الآسيوي الوحيد الذي يحظى بالاحترام الدولي. ويوضح ذلك بقوله “لقد استهزأ الرجل الأبيض من ديانتنا وقيمنا الأخلاقية، لكنه تقبّل شرابنا الداكن دونما تردد.
Mohamed Al Marzooqi
من باب التغيير قررت قراءة هذا الكتاب ظنا مني أنه يتحدث عن تاريخ نبتة الشاي وطقوس تحضيره، ولكنني تفاجأت أنه كتاب عن الفلسفة والفن والجمال.

نصيحة: لا تقرأوا هذا الكتاب إلا وإبريق من الشاي بالياسمين إلى جانبكم
mai ahmd
لم أحب شرب الشاي كما أحببته بعد قراءة هذا الكتاب
شفاف هذا الكتاب كشفافية الشاي وأنت تشربه في كأس من زجاج

الكتاب محرض لشرب الشاي بل إلى درجة الإفتتان
This is an exquisite little cultural history of Japan centred around the tea ceremony and a philosophy of "teaism" which includes elements of Zen and Taoism.

It's also a work of art and design philosophy which especially falls into place on realising it was written in the wake of the Western aesthetic movement of the late nineteenth century. (The Book of Tea was first published in 1906.) The Japanese perspective described here seems to unite, or else trace a middle way between, the opposition of...more
قرأت هذا الإقتباس المأخوذ من الكتاب وتحمست للبحث عنه:

أوكاكورا كاكوزو قال في كتابه الشاي: "ينطوي الشاي على سحرٍ خفيٍ يجعله لا يقاوم، ويمنحه القدرة على الإحساس بالمثالية، فالشاي ينأى بنفسه عن غطرسة النبيذ، وعن غرور القهوة، وعن البراءة المتكلفلة في براءة نبتة الكاكاو".

شاي - Tea - 차 - cha - 茶 ..
هو تلكَ النبتة الصغيرة التي يستخرج منها ذلكَ الشراب الجميل اللون والزكي الرائحة - الشاي ..

ركز هذا الكتاب والذي كتب قبل أكثر من 100 عام على ثقافة الشاي في اليابان ، والمرتبطة بطقوس الجمال والتهذيب .
والتركيز الأكبر كانَ على تصحيح أفكار الغربيين الخاطئة خاصة عن شعوب آسيا واليابان على وجه الخصوص .
رغَم ضخامة هذه المواضيع إلا أن الكتاب جاءَ غارقاً في البساطة من وجهة نظري فهو لم يناقش هذه المواضيع إلا بـشكل عابر ..
تمنيت لو كانَ أكثر تعمقاً..
يظهر جلياً ثقافة الكاتب وإلمامه بكا...more
Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.


A great book for those interested in Asian history and customs. Not only it is discussed the evolution of teaism on social, economical and political levels, thus completing the historical notions you may have, The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura is written in a poetical and almost musical manner, making it an enjoyable journey.
What a beautiful book. It's amazing to see what changes in this world, and also what stays the same. 4/08

I had a moment of epiphany yesterday, when I realized that I wanted to study the tea ceremony (again) while I'm in Japan, and said something to my mom about wanting to find a teacher. Then today by total coincidence one of my students hands me a page she wrote for me about Chado (the tea ceremony) and the end of is says "I hope that this answer will encourage you to open the door to Chado lea...more
Meghan Fidler
I was, at first, disappointed with this little book, for I had mistaken it as a partial translation of one it's elders: the Classic of Tea (茶经) written by Lu Yu (733-804), for example. The fact that Okakura was an Japanese immigrant living in Boston with rich art patrons for followers seemed like an early 20th century version of Karate Kid sensibilities: a "wisdom of the East" transmitted to rich whites in poorly translated Daoist quips.
This initial impression was much mistaken. The book conta...more
Move aside Coffee for here comes Tea with its loaded history.

Never before had I seen a beverage so defended, and so cherished, as in The Book of Tea. Okakura's work explores the history, and impact, of tea in the evolution of the Japanese culture. He went to great lengths to present this objective that he had to use (coin?) the word "Teaism" to point out its singularity. He claims that tea permeated the Japanese way of life in his time, and before. If it was so in the 20th century, so it is now....more
Feb 03, 2011 mindaugas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody with a philosophical mind wanting to learn more on minimalism and simplicity
at first as the title suggests, i thought this book was merely about tea. however, it is about much more than that. to put it justly it uses tea and tea ceremony as a metaphor for deeper cultural, aesthetic, historical and philosophic issues. it uses tea as a metaphor to examine many facets of japanese life and culture. it is quite interesting and intriguing and and sheds light on a good deal of issues that many ponder on with regards to the orient. it was written for westerners in mind to have...more
This book isn't just about tea; it's more about Zen and aesthetics. I loved the following story:

Once in the Ravine of Lungmen stood a Kiri tree, a veritable king of the forest. It reared its head to talk to the stars; its roots struck deep into the earth, mingling their bronzed coils with those of the silver dragon that slept beneath. And it came to pass that a mighty wizard made of this tree a wondrous harp, whose stubborn spirit should be tamed but by the greatest musicians. For long the inst...more
Fergus Ray murray
Kakuzo Okakura's The Book of Tea is a sixty-five-page classic which is as much about Eastern patterns of thought as it is about the history and traditions of tea drinking. We are introduced to Teaism (chado), the philosophy of life and tea-drinking that emerged in 15th century Japan as a hot-drink-focused variation on (or aspect of) Zen Buddhism, which itself came out of the mingling of Taoism with the teachings of Buddha in southern China. A particular outlook on life is expressed through the p...more
Jan 22, 2013 Book'd rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn about Teaism
Shelves: audiobooks, non-fic
I started reading this book as I'd read somewhere that this is one of the greatest tea classics of all times, not that I knew what a TEA CLASSIC is.

In the Indian society, it is a cultural norm to offer tea to guests and visitors. It is quite a tradition that is being followed since ages. So when I read about tea culture and Teaism, I was almost certain that I'd read this book someday since its known to cast light on the significance of tea cultures.

This book gives a deep insight on Teaism, a we...more
In essence, Kakuzo describes tea as the ‘cup of humanity’, savored and shared by the world. The tea ceremony is the intersection of the undisturbed, free-flowing beauty of nature with the meditative discipline of preparing and consuming tea. The tea room, it’s simplicity along with its contrasting demand of careful decoration; serve to represent the simplicity of nature and purity of art as the highest means of human expression and mediation. For a few moments, to be able to cleanse it within th...more
فاتن السالم

الكتاب يبدأ بداية هجومية على الغرب لاستهزاءه بالشرق واستخفافه بحضارته، وحقيقة لو لم أقرأ غلاف الكتاب لظننت أن كاتبه من أصحابنا بني يعرب:)
ثم يبدأ في سرد تاريخ الشاي ويضمن حديثه مايشبه المنة علينا لأنهم هم أهله ومكتشفوه
بعدها يدخل في ديانات الشرق وصفا ومقارنة وحالها مع الشاي وحجرة الشاي والفن المعماري فيها
هنا فقط أدركت أن الكتاب ليس لي ولست له

ديانات شرقية وفن العمارة!! هذا ما كان ينقصني

Nov 02, 2011 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Yes it is about tea...but not really. Between these pages we are taught about not only tea, but also philosophy, eastern religion and culture, meditation, art appreciation, the love of flowers, birds, nature and all things beautiful. There is one line that for me summed up the entire book..."He only, who has lived with the beautiful, can die beautifully."

"In youth I played and manhood I worked for family and others...with age I sought understanding and beauty. When the end comes, it...more
ينطوي الشاي على سحر خفي يجعلهُ لا يُقاوم،ويمنحهُ القدرة على إسباغ الإحساس بالمثالية. فالشاي ينأى بنفسه عن غطرسة النبيذ،وعن غرور القهوة، وعن البراءة المتكلفة في نبتة الكاكاو..
* أوكاكوزا

يتحدث كاكوزو بألهام بالشايية وأهم معلميها ومدارسها العتيقه والهوية اليابانية ..بِ فّن أنيق .. وشاعري..
كتاب لذيذ مليئ بثقافه والفلسفه والفن.. الذي لايُمل

هذا الكتاب بمثابة همسة رقيقة من شخص محب للفن. ليس كتابًا عن الشاي فحسب بل عن الجمال حين يكون أسلوبًا للحياة، عن تناغم الإنسان والطبيعة، عن لغات الزهور، والعبق الآتي من الماضي، ومتعة الحديث عن ما تتوارثه الأجيال من السحر، عن فظاظة البشر في تقدير كل ما سبق وعن المحاولات المستميتة للقليل منهم في إعادة التوازن.
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Okakura Kakuzō (岡倉覚三), also known as Okakura Tenshin (岡倉 天心), was a Japanese scholar who contributed the development of arts in Japan. Outside Japan, he is chiefly remembered today as the author of 'The Book of Tea'.

Born in Yokohama to parents originally from Fukui, Okakura learned English while attending a school operated by Christian missionary, Dr. Curtis Hepburn. At 15, he entered Tokyo Imperi...more
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