Beautiful Foolishness of Things - The Book of Tea


'Too little tea' is a Japanese expression that refers to a person too busy to stop and smell the roses. 

From ‘The Book of Tea’:

The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power.

The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought through a bad conscience, benevolence practiced for the sake of utility.



The East and the West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life. We need a Niuka again to repair the grand devastation; we await the great Avatar.

Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea.


The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the sighing of the pines is heard in our kettle.


Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.

Kakuzo Okakura



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