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90 Okakura Kakuzo Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Much has been said of the aesthetic values of chanoyu- the love of the subdued Much has been said of the aesthetic values of chanoyu- the love of the subdued and austere- most commonly characterized by the term, wabi. Wabi originally suggested an atmosphere of desolation, both in the sense of solitariness and in the sense of the poverty of things. In the long history of various Japanese arts, the sense of wabi gradually came to take on a positive meaning to be recognized for its profound religious sense ... the related term, sabi, ... It was mid-winter, and the water's surface was covered with the withered leaves of the of the lotuses. Suddenly I realized that the flowers had not simply dried up, but that they embodied, in their decomposition, the fullness of life that would emerge again in their natural beauty.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Friends are flowers in life's garden. Friends are flowers in life's garden.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: One altar forever is preserved, that whereon we burn incense to the supreme idol,ourselves, our One altar forever is preserved, that whereon we burn incense to the supreme idol,
ourselves, our god is great, and money is his Prophet! We devastate nature in order to make sacrifice to him; we boast that we have conquered Matter and forget that it is matter that has forever enslaved us.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Nothing is more hallowing than the union of kindred spirits in art. At the moment Nothing is more hallowing than the union of kindred spirits in art. At the moment of meeting, the art lover transcends himself.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The method of drinking tea at this stage was primitive in the extreme. The leaves The method of drinking tea at this stage was primitive in the extreme. The leaves were steamed, crushed in a mortar, made into a cake, and boiled together with rice, ginger, salt, orange peel, spices, milk, and sometimes with onions!
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: True beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally complete the incomplete. True beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally complete the incomplete.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: It has been said that man at ten is an animal, at twenty a lunatic, It has been said that man at ten is an animal, at twenty a lunatic, at thirty a failure, at forty a fraud, and at fifty a criminal.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities. We have good and bad tea, as we have good and bad paintings - generally the latter. There is no single recipe for making the perfect tea, as there are no rules for producing a Titian or a Sesson. Each preparation of the leaves has its individuality, its special affinity with water and heat, its own method of telling a story. The truly beautiful must always be in it. How much do we not suffer through the constant failure of society to recognise this simple and fundamental law of art and life; Lichilai, a Sung poet, has sadly remarked that there were three most deplorable things in the world: the spoiling of fine youths through false education, the degradation of fine art through vulgar admiration, and the utter waste of fine tea through incompetent manipulation.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: These Taoists' ideas have greatly influenced all our theories of action, even to those of These Taoists' ideas have greatly influenced all our theories of action, even to those of fencing and wrestling. Jiu-jitsu, the Japanese art of self-defence, owes its name to a passage in the Tao-teking. In jiu-jitsu one seeks to draw out and exhaust the enemy's strength by non-resistance, vacuum, while conserving one's own strength for victory in the final struggle.
In art the importance of the same principle is illustrated by the value of suggestion. In leaving something unsaid the beholder is given a chance to complete the idea and thus a great masterpiece irresistibly rivets your attention until you seem to become actually a part of it. A vacuum is there for you to enter and fill up the full measure of your aesthetic emotion.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Have you not noticed that the wild flowers are becoming scarcer every year? It may Have you not noticed that the wild flowers are becoming scarcer every year? It may be that their wise men have told them to depart till man becomes more human. Perhaps they have migrated to heaven.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The tea-masters held that real appreciation of art is only possible to those who make The tea-masters held that real appreciation of art is only possible to those who make of it a living influence. Thus they sought to regulate their daily life by the high standard of refinement which obtained in the tea-room. In all circumstances serenity of mind should be maintained, and conversation should be conducted as never to mar the harmony of the surroundings. The cut and color of the dress, the poise of the body, and the manner of walking could all be made expressions of artistic personality. These were matters not to be lightly ignored, for until one has made himself beautiful he has no right to approach beauty. Thus the tea-master strove to be something more than the artist, - art itself.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The ideal lover of flowers is he who visits them in their native haunts, like The ideal lover of flowers is he who visits them in their native haunts, like Taoyuenming who sat before a broken bamboo fence in converse with the wild chrysanthemum, or Linwosing, losing himself amid mysterious fragrance as he wandered in the twilight among the plum-blossoms of the Western Lake. 'Tis said that Chowmushih slept in a boat so that his dreams might mingle with those of the lotus..
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The canvas upon which the artist paints is the spectator's mind. The canvas upon which the artist paints is the spectator's mind.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Those of us who know not the secret of properly regulating our own existence on Those of us who know not the secret of properly regulating our own existence on this tumultuous sea of foolish troubles which we call life are constantly in a state of misery while vainly trying to appear happy and contented. We stagger in the attempt to keep our moral equilibrium, and see forerunners of the tempest in every cloud that floats on the horizon. Yet
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: He only who has lived with the beautiful can die beautifully. He only who has lived with the beautiful can die beautifully.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism in the ordinary acceptance of the term, The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism in the ordinary acceptance of the term, for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Our standards of morality are begotten of the past needs of society, but is society Our standards of morality are begotten of the past needs of society, but is society to remain always the same? The observance of communal traditions involves a constant sacrifice of the individual to the state. Education, in order to keep up the mighty delusion, encourages a species of ignorance. People are not taught to be really virtuous, but to behave properly. We are wicked because we are frightfully self-conscious. We nurse a conscience because we are afraid to tell the truth to others; we take refuge in pride because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves. How can one be serious with the world when the world itself is so ridiculous!
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Modern ideograph Cha was coined, evidently a corruption of the classic Tou. Modern ideograph Cha was coined, evidently a corruption of the classic Tou.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Approach a great painting as thou wouldst approach a great prince. Approach a great painting as thou wouldst approach a great prince.
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Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Much comment has been given lately to the Code of the Samurai, the Art of Much comment has been given lately to the Code of the Samurai,
the Art of Death which makes our soldiers exult in self- sacrifice; but scarcely any attention has been drawn to Teaism, which represents so much of our Art of Life.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: We must know the whole play in order to properly act our parts; the conception We must know the whole play in order to properly act our parts; the conception of totality must never be lost in that of the individual.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: One cannot listen to different pieces of music at the same time, a real comprehension One cannot listen to different pieces of music at the same time, a real comprehension of the beautiful being possible only through concentration upon some central motive.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Here again the Japanese method of interior decoration differs from that of the Occident, where Here again the Japanese method of interior decoration differs from that of the Occident, where we see objects arrayed symmetrically on mantelpieces and elsewhere. In Western houses we are often confronted with what appears to us useless reiteration. We find it trying to talk to a man while his full-length portrait stares at us from behind his back. We wonder which is real, he of the picture or he who talks, and feel a curious conviction that one of them must be fraud.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Asiatic youths are flocking to Western colleges for the equipment of modern education. Our insight Asiatic youths are flocking to Western colleges for the equipment of modern education. Our insight does not penetrate your culture deeply, but at least we are willing to learn. Some of my compatriots have adopted too much of your customs and too much of your etiquette, in the delusion that the acquisition of stiff collars and tall silk hats comprised the attainment of your civilisation. Pathetic and deplorable as such affectations are, they evince our willingness to approach the West on our knees.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: It has not the arrogance of wine, the self- consciousness of coffee, nor the simpering It has not the arrogance of wine, the self- consciousness of coffee, nor the simpering innocence of cocoa.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The art of today is that which really belongs to us: it is our own The art of today is that which really belongs to us: it is our own reflection. In condemning it we but condemn ourselves.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: It is not the accumulation of extraneous knowledge, but the realization of the self within, It is not the accumulation of extraneous knowledge, but the realization of the self within, that constitutes true progress.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: He catches a glimpse of Infinity, but words cannot voice his delight, for the eye He catches a glimpse of Infinity, but words cannot voice his delight, for the eye has no tongue.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: New York City vagrant:"What sort of 'nese are you people? Are you Chinese, or Japanese, New York City vagrant:
"What sort of 'nese are you people? Are you Chinese, or Japanese, or Javanese?"
Kakuzo Okakura responds:
"We are Japanese gentleman. But what sort of 'key are you? Are you a Yankee, or a donkey, or a monkey?
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: We must remember, however, that art is of value only to the extent that it We must remember, however, that art is of value only to the extent that it speaks to us. It might be a universal language if we ourselves were universal in our sympathies.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Perhaps we reveal ourselves too much in small things because we have so little of Perhaps we reveal ourselves too much in small things because we have so little of the great to conceal.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The greatest pleasure he knew was to do a good action by stealth The greatest pleasure he knew was to do a good action by stealth
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The observance of communal traditions involves a constant sacrifice of the individual to the state. The observance of communal traditions involves a constant sacrifice of the individual to the state.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: But when we consider how small after all the cup of human enjoyment is, how But when we consider how small after all the cup of human enjoyment is, how soon overflowed with tears, how easily drained to the dregs in our quenchless thirst for infinity, we shall not blame ourselves for making so much of the tea-cup.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Fain would we remain barbarians, if our claim to civilization were to be based on Fain would we remain barbarians, if our claim to civilization were to be based on the gruesome glory of war.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Yet we allow our historical sympathy to override our aesthetic discrimination. We offer flowers of Yet we allow our historical sympathy to override our aesthetic discrimination. We offer flowers of approbation when the artist is safely laid in his grave.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: One can even buy a so-called Religion,which is really but common morality sanctified with flowers One can even buy a so-called Religion,
which is really but common morality sanctified with flowers and music. Rob the Church of her accessories and what remains behind?
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends. In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: With tea amused the evening, with tea solaced the midnight, and with tea welcomed the With tea amused the evening, with tea solaced the midnight, and with tea welcomed the morning.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In art vanity is equally fatal to sympathetic feeling, whether on the part of the In art vanity is equally fatal to sympathetic feeling, whether on the part of the artist or the public.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In the liquid amber within the ivory porcelain, the initiated may touch the sweet reticence In the liquid amber within the ivory porcelain, the initiated may touch the sweet reticence of Confucius, the piquancy of Laotse, and the ethereal aroma of Sakyamuni himself.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: To a Japanese, accustomed to simplicity of ornamentation and frequent change of decorative method, a To a Japanese, accustomed to simplicity of ornamentation and frequent change of decorative method, a Western interior permanently filled with a vast array of pictures, statuary, and bric-a-brac gives the impression of mere vulgar display of riches. It calls for a mighty wealth of appreciation to enjoy the constant sight of even a masterpiece, and limitless indeed must be the capacity for artistic feeling in those who can exist day after day in the midst of such confusion of color and form as is to be often seen in the homes of Europe and America.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Taoism was an active power during the Shin dynasty, that epoch of Chinese unification from Taoism was an active power during the Shin dynasty, that epoch of Chinese unification from which we derive the name China.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In Japan, I took part in a tea ceremony. You go into a small room, In Japan, I took part in a tea ceremony. You go into a small room, tea is served, and that's it really, except that everything is done with so much ritual and ceremony that a banal daily event is transformed into a moment of communion with the universe.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: For Teaism is the art of concealing beauty that you may discover it, of suggesting For Teaism is the art of concealing beauty that you may discover it, of suggesting what you dare not reveal. It is the noble secret of laughing at yourself, calmly yet thoroughly, and is thus humour itself,
the smile of philosophy.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The seeker for perfection must discover in his own life the reflection of the inner The seeker for perfection must discover in his own life the reflection of the inner light.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Tea with us became more than an idealisation of the form of drinking; it is Tea with us became more than an idealisation of the form of drinking; it is a religion of the art of life. The beverage grew to be an excuse for the worship of purity and refinement, a sacred function at which the host and guest joined to produce for that occasion the utmost beatitude of the mundane.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Perfection is everywhere if we only choose to recognise it. Perfection is everywhere if we only choose to recognise it.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: A man without tea in him is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. A man without tea in him is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The ancient sages never put their teachings in systematic form. They spoke in paradoxes, for The ancient sages never put their teachings in systematic form. They spoke in paradoxes, for they were afraid of uttering half-truths. They began by talking like fools and ended up making their hearers wise.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: People are not taught to be really virtuous, but to behave properly. People are not taught to be really virtuous, but to behave properly.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: We boast that we have conquered Matter and forget that it is Matter that has We boast that we have conquered Matter and forget that it is Matter that has enslaved us.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In the worship of Bacchus, we have sacrificed too freely ... Why not consecrate ourselves In the worship of Bacchus, we have sacrificed too freely ... Why not consecrate ourselves to the queen of the Camelias, and revel in the warm stream of sympathy that flows from her altar? In the liquid amber within the ivory-porcelain, the initiated may touch the sweet reticence of Confucius ...
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: We take refuge in pride because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves. We take refuge in pride because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Translation is always a treason, and as a Ming author observes, can at its best Translation is always a treason, and as a Ming author observes, can at its best be only the reverse side of a brocade- all the threads are there, but not the subtlety of colour or design.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Like Art, Tea has its periods and its schools. Its evolution may be roughly divided Like Art, Tea has its periods and its schools. Its evolution may be roughly divided into three main stages: the Boiled Tea, the Whipped Tea, and the Steeped Tea.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: [Tea-masters] have given emphasis to our natural love of simplicity, and shown us the beauty [Tea-masters] have given emphasis to our natural love of simplicity, and shown us the beauty of humility. In fact, through their teachings tea has entered the life of the people.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Why were the flowers born so beautiful and yet so hapless? Insects can sting, and Why were the flowers born so beautiful and yet so hapless? Insects can sting, and even the meekest of beasts will fight when brought to bay. The birds whose plumage is sought to deck some bonnet can fly from its pursuer, the furred animal whose coat you covet for your own may hide at your approach. Alas! The only flower known to have wings is the butterfly; all others stand helpless before the destroyer. If they shriek in their death agony their cry never reaches our hardened ears. We are ever brutal to those who love and serve us in silence, but the time may come when, for our cruelty, we shall be deserted by these best friends of ours. Have you not noticed that the wild flowers are becoming scarcer every year? It may be that their wise men have told them to depart till man becomes more human. Perhaps they have migrated to heaven. Much may be said in favor of him who
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Welcome to thee,O sword of eternity!Through BuddhaAnd through Daruma alikeThou hast cleft thy way. Welcome to thee,
O sword of eternity!
Through Buddha
And through Daruma alike
Thou hast cleft thy way.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: A garden is a friend you can visit any time. A garden is a friend you can visit any time.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: It needed the genius of the Tang dynasty to emancipate Tea from its crude state It needed the genius of the Tang dynasty to emancipate Tea from its crude state and lead to its final idealization.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Everyone has to build anew his sky of hope and peace. Everyone has to build anew his sky of hope and peace.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: For instance, in one play the palace of Lord Hosokawa, in which was preserved the For instance, in one play the palace of Lord Hosokawa, in which was preserved the celebrated painting of Dharuma by Sesson, suddenly takes fire through the negligence of the samurai in charge. Resolved at all hazards to rescue the precious painting, he rushes into the burning building and seizes the kakemono, only to find all means of exit cut off by the flames. Thinking only of the picture, he slashes open his body with his sword, wraps his torn sleeve about the Sesson and plunges it into the gaping wound. The fire is at last extinguished. Among the smoking embers is found a half- consumed corpse, within which reposes the treasure uninjured by the fire. Horrible as such tales are, they illustrate the great value that we set upon a masterpiece, as well as the devotion of a trusted samurai.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The claims of contemporary art cannot be ignored in any vital scheme of life. The The claims of contemporary art cannot be ignored in any vital scheme of life. The art of to-day is that which really belongs to us: it is our own reflection. In condemning it we but condemn ourselves. We say that the present age possesses no art: - who is responsible for this? It is indeed a shame that despite all our rhapsodies about the ancients we pay so little attention to our own possibilities. Struggling artists, weary souls lingering in the shadow of cold disdain! In our self- centered century, what inspiration do we offer them? The past may well look with pity at the poverty of our civilisation; the future will laugh at the barrenness of our art. We are destroying the beautiful in life.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Behold the complacent salesman retailing the Good and True.One can even buy a so-called Religion, Behold the complacent salesman retailing the Good and True.
One can even buy a so-called Religion, which is really but common
morality sanctified with flowers and music. Rob the Church of her
accessories and what remains behind? Yet the trusts thrive marvelously,
for the prices are absurdly cheap,
a prayer for a ticket to heaven,
a diploma for an honorable citizenship.Hide yourself under a bushel
quickly, for if your real usefulness were known to the world you would
soon be knocked down to the highest bidder by the public auctioneer.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Cares melt when you kneel in your garden. Cares melt when you kneel in your garden.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The name of the artist is more important to them than the quality of the The name of the artist is more important to them than the quality of the work ... People criticize a picture by their ear
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: We are ever brutal to those who love and serve us in silence, but the We are ever brutal to those who love and serve us in silence, but the time may come when, for our cruelty, we shall be deserted by these best friends of ours.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Why do men and women like to advertise themselves so much? Is it not but Why do men and women like to advertise themselves so much? Is it not but an instinct derived from the days of slavery?
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: At the magic touch of the beautiful the secret chords of our being are awakened, At the magic touch of the beautiful the secret chords of our being are awakened, we vibrate and thrill in response to its call. Mind speaks to mind. We listen to the unspoken, we gaze upon the unseen. The master calls forth notes we know not of. Memories long forgotten all come back to us with a new significance. Hopes stifled by fear, yearnings that we dare not recognise, stand forth in new glory.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Nothing is real to us but hunger, nothing sacred except our own desires. Nothing is real to us but hunger, nothing sacred except our own desires.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates 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.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: For life is an expression, our unconscious actions the constant betrayal of our innermost thought. For life is an expression, our unconscious actions the constant betrayal of our innermost thought.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Tea is more than an idealization of the form of drinking; it is a religion Tea is more than an idealization of the form of drinking; it is a religion of the art of life.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: It has been said that a man at ten is an animal, at twenty a It has been said that a man at ten is an animal, at twenty a lunatic, at thirty a failure, at forty a fraud, and at fifty a criminal. Perhaps he becomes a criminal because he has never ceased to be an animal.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The Taoist and Zen conception of perfection ... the dynamic nature of their philosophy laid The Taoist and Zen conception of perfection ... the dynamic nature of their philosophy laid more stress upon the process through which perfection was sought than upon perfection itself. True beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally completed the incomplete. The virility of life and art lay in its possibilities for growth.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: One master defines Zen as the art of feeling the polar star in the southern One master defines Zen as the art of feeling the polar star in the southern sky. Truth can be reached only through the comprehension of opposites.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Vacuum is all potent because all containing. In vacuum alone motion becomes possible. One who Vacuum is all potent because all containing. In vacuum alone motion becomes possible. One who could make of himself a vacuum into which others might freely enter would become master of all situations. The whole can always dominate the part.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The various objects for the decoration of a room should be so selected that no The various objects for the decoration of a room should be so selected that no colour or design shall be repeated. If you have a living flower, a painting of flowers is not allowable. If you are using a round kettle, the water pitcher should be angular. A cup with a black glaze should not be associated with a tea-caddy of black lacquer. In placing a vase of an incense burner on the tokonoma, care should be taken not to put it in the exact centre, lest it divide the space into equal halves. The pillar of the tokonoma should be of a different kind of wood from the other pillars, in order to break any suggestion of monotony in the room.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Shrine after shrine has crumbled before our eyes; but one altar if forever preserved, that Shrine after shrine has crumbled before our eyes; but one altar if forever preserved, that whereon we burn incense to the supreme idol,-ourselves.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: What dire consequences to humanity lie in the contemptuous ignoring of Eastern problems! What dire consequences to humanity lie in the contemptuous ignoring of Eastern problems!
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In my young days I praised the master whose pictures I liked, but as my 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.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In all circumstances serenity of mind should be maintained, and conversation should be conducted as In all circumstances serenity of mind should be maintained, and conversation should be conducted as never to mar the harmony of the surroundings. The cut and color of the dress, the poise of the body, and the manner of walking could all be made expressions of artistic personality. These were matters not to be lightly ignored, for until one has made himself beautiful he has no right to approach beauty.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: In religion the Future is behind us. In art the Present is the eternal. In religion the Future is behind us. In art the Present is the eternal.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: Our mind is the canvas on which the artists lay their colour; their pigments are Our mind is the canvas on which the artists lay their colour; their pigments are our emotions; their chiaroscuro the light of joy, the shadow of sadness. The masterpiece is of ourselves, as we are of the masterpiece.
Okakura Kakuzo Sayings: The primeval man in offering the first garland to his maiden thereby transcended the brute. The primeval man in offering the first garland to his maiden thereby transcended the brute. He became human in thus rising above the crude necessities of nature. He entered the realm of art when he perceived the subtle use of the useless.