Samuel Taylor Howard

The Book of Tea  Title:  The Book of Tea

  Author:  Okakura Kakuzo

  Student:  Samuel Taylor Howard

Why this book?  As beautiful as it is informative, Okakura’s Book of Tea is a survey of Asian art and philosophy.  Running the gamut from interior design to flower arrangement, from tea ceremony to architecture, it is a charismatic comparison of ideas of beauty between Eastern and Western sensibilities, and is a great introduction into Asian philosophy (Japanese ideologies in particular).  I chose it because it inspired me to pursue new directions in my own art and philosophy.

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