In my young days I praised the master whose pictures I liked, but as my judgment matured I praised myself for liking what the masters had chosen to have me like.
– The Book of Tea
It has been over 100 years since The Book of Tea was published. So much has changed since then. And then again, so much hasn’t. While Kakura Okakuro was introducing the West to the aesthetic and cultural treasures of Teaism, John Muir was re-introducing Americans to the spiritual nourishment available in the natural beauty of their country. Each man saw how the conditions of their era were producing distracted, drained people.