May 3 & 4, 2013 Okakura Kakuzo and The Book of Tea with Tea Expert Bruce Richardson

In 1906 in turn-of-the century Boston, The Book of Tea was written by Okakura Kakuzo, the Japanese-born Curator of Asian Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts. The small, esoteric book beautifully described the role of tea as the international cup of humanity. Book of TeaOkakura emerged as one of the great thinkers of the early 20th-century and was greatly responsible for interpreting Eastern philosophy to Western cultures. Author and leading tea historian, Bruce Richardson served as editor of the 2011 edition of Okakura Kakuzo’s classic work, The Book of Tea. More than a century later, this book is still beloved the world over.

Mr. Richardson will explain how Okakura’s philosophy continues to inspire today’s tea and art culture. He will share the fascinating stories of the relationships between Okakura and notable Boston Brahmins such as Isabella Stewart Gardner, John LaFarge, Ernest Fenollosa, and John Singer Sargent, as well as the philosopher’s influence upon American artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Mr. Richardson has been educating Americans in the art of celebrating the communal cup of tea for more than 20 years. He is the author of a dozen books on tea, including the National Trust of England’s reference book, The New Tea Companion.  He regularly visits tea venues across Great Britain and North America in his unending quest to discover new locations for the latest editions of his books The Great Tea Rooms of Britain and The Great Tea Rooms of America. Mr. Richardson also serves as tea master for The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

His books will be for sale and he will sign copies at both sessions. The event will include tea time pastries and a tasting of Abigail’s Blend, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum’s signature blend of historic 1773 Chinese teas designed by Mr. Richardson.

Dates/Times: Fri., May 3, 2013 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat., May 4, 2013 – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Price: $35.00/adult, $15.00/child

Call 800-599-TEA-PARTY to purchase tickets.

Massachusetts Hometown Pass Members Receive $5 off*
*Advance ticket purchase recommended. Call Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum at 800-599-TEA-PARTY or purchase at museum’s ticket booth located at 306 Congress St. You must present this coupon and Hometown Pass at time of purchase or when picking up your tickets. One coupon per member. Not valid with other discounts or coupons.