somebody else’s words…enjoy.

The Book of Tea

I. The Cup of Humanity


Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.

In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism.

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.



Kakuzo Okakura (1906)

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(photo: source, WikiCommons; author, Robert Donovan)

And I snagged this little beauty from here:  Thank You.


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9 Responses to somebody else’s words…enjoy.

  1. My first thoughts were “What other words could I substitute for “tea’ and still have this make sense.” Of course wine fits, but if you think of age, youth, wisdom or God as beverages of restoration and hope, these words would work too.

  2. Tea!
    I Love Tea.

  3. omawarisan says:

    Those small possibilities are a starting point

  4. Zahara says:

    haven’t forgotten the cookie promise. stay tuned.

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