Written at the turn of the century, when there was a strong tendency of accepting Western culture as enlightenment, the author counter-suggests an ...Show synopsisWritten at the turn of the century, when there was a strong tendency of accepting Western culture as enlightenment, the author counter-suggests an appreciation of Japanese sense of beauty, values and way of thinking by introducing the history of Japanese art. This point of view remains fresh and valid today.Hide synopsis
Description:New. 080481452X The many delighted readers of Okakura's little...New. 080481452X The many delighted readers of Okakura's little classic The Book of Tea will almost certainly find this gem by the same author their "cup of tea." Here are the long-cherished ideals of the East with special reference to the ageless art of Japan. Japan, Okakura wrote more than 60 years ago, is a museum of Asiatic civilization, and yet more than a museum, because the singular genius of the race leads it to dwell on all phases of the ideals of the past, which welcomes the new without losing the old. He wrote of that broad expanse of love for the Ultimate and Universal, which is the common thought-inheritance of Asiatic races, enabling them to produce all the great religions of the world. In Buddhism he found "that great ocean of idealism, in which merge all the river-systems of Eastern Asiatic thought-not coloured only with the pure water of the Ganges, for the Tartaric nations that joined it made their genius also tributary, bringing new symbolism, new organization, new powers of devotion, to add to the treasures of the Faith." Asiatic art and culture went hand in hand, and how well Okakura wrote about both! He describes "That constant play of colours which distinguishes the religious and artistic life of the na-(continued on inside back cover) The title and author are presented on the cover in Japanese characters. 272 pages. Your order on its way to you by the next business day!
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