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There is a subtle charm in the taste of tea which makes it irresistible and capable of idealisation […] It has not the arrogance of wine, the self-consciousness of coffee, nor the simpering innocence of cocoa.

Kazuko Okakura, The Cup of Humanity’ from The Book of Tea

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East and West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life.

Kazuko Okakura, The Cup of Humanity’ 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 practised for the sake of utility. The East and 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 soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.

Kazuko Okakura, The Cup of Humanity’ from The Book of Tea