The Beautiful Foolishness of Things

"Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things."This is just one of many serene scenes painted for us by…

Frank Lloyd Wright and The Book of Tea

Phoenix Hall, Uji, Japan c.1052. Photo by Bruce RichardsonHow did the Book of Tea help inspire architect Frank Lloyd Wright? The first siting of a Japanese building by Wright happened not while touring Japan in 1905.The setting was the Japanese exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.The Japanese pavilion (Ho-o-den), modeled after an 11th century…

Two Classic Tea Books of the 20th Century

Book of Tea, Edinburgh edition 1917Two landmark books on the subject of tea were published in the first half of the twentieth century. One, written by a William Ukers, was a massive two-volume reference set chronicling tea as a commodity. The other was an inspirational collection of essays from Japanese artist Okakura Kakuzo, who spoke…