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.In 1906 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 famous 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 20th 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 more than capable of expressing to Westerners the nuances of tea and the Japanese Tea Ceremony.In The Book of Tea Classic Edition he discusses such topics as Zen and Taoism, but also the secular aspects of tea and Japanese life. A keepsake enjoyed by tea lovers for over a hundred years, it will enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the seemingly simple act of making and drinking tea.