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.
A sampling from the chapter on Art Appreciation:
“Approach a great painting as thou wouldst approach a great prince.” tea master Kobori-Enshiu, best known as a master of the tea ceremony. His style soon on became known as “Enshū-ryū”. In light of Kobori’s ability, he was tasked with teaching the 3rd Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu the ways of tea ceremony. In this role, he designed many tea houses including the Bōsen-seki in the subtemple of Kohō-an at the Daitoku-ji, and the Mittan-seki at the Ryūkō-in of the same temple*.
This beautiful book was written by Kakuzo Okakura, a scholar, well-known art critic, and curator of the Chinese and Japanese art collection at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He devoted his life to the preservation and reawakening of traditional Japanese culture.