“Teacup” by Beth Weeks – to purchase a print, click here

I’m looking forward to reading Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura because this first page grabbed me and pulled me in.  Also, I think I might be a Teaist, which I’m hoping turns out to be a real thing:

“Tea began as medicine and grew into a beverage.  In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements.  The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism – Teaism.  Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existance.  It inculates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.  It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”

– Kakuzo Okakura