I have recently began reading The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura which, though it was published in 1906, still holds relevancy to the traditions, customs and cultural beliefs in many Asian nationalities around the world. It especially shines light on that of Japanese and Chinese cultures in relation to tea, while enlightening Westerners on the common viewpoints of both respective cultures and is still not so surprisingly relevant to Western/ Eastern relations and common misunderstandings between the two. I find it both fascinating and a little disheartening that the culturally bias viewpoints in this book still exist today, nearly 100 years later. I also find it enlightening, fresh and a very educational piece on the history and evolution of tea in not only China and Japan, but also how it came to the West. The fact that this infectious drink could grab the tastes of the world and be loved by all, shows one very common thread that we all have in common. I highly recommend this book which is saying quite a lot as I have not even finished it yet.

The Book of Tea written by Kakuzo Okakura and published in 1906.