Okakura Kakuzō

1862 - 1913

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Okakura Kakuzō (岡倉 覚三, February 14, 1863 – September 2, 1913), also known as Okakura Tenshin (岡倉 天心), was a Japanese scholar and art critic who in the era of Meiji Restoration reform promoted a critical appreciation of traditional forms, customs and beliefs. Outside Japan, he is chiefly renowned for The Book of Tea: A Japanese Harmony of Art, Culture, and the Simple Life (1906). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Okakura Kakuzō has received more than 227,336 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Okakura Kakuzō is the 2,511th most popular writer (down from 2,409th in 2019), the 743rd most popular biography from Japan (down from 717th in 2019) and the 53rd most popular Japanese Writer.

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Notable Works

The awakening of Japan
Accessible book, History, Japan
The ideals of the East, with special reference to the art of Japan
Art, History
Das Buch vom Tee
Japanese tea ceremony, Social life and customs, Tea
Ideals of the East
Art, Japanese Art, History
The book of tea
Japanese tea ceremony, Social life and customs, Tea
Tea began as a 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 existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.
El Libro del Te


Among writers, Okakura Kakuzō ranks 2,511 out of 7,302Before him are Gustave Aimard, Bulleh Shah, René Crevel, Theodore Prodromos, Xu Zhimo, and Ron Kovic. After him are Ewald Christian von Kleist, Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Donald E. Westlake, Bella Rosenfeld, Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil, and Ilse Aichinger.

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Among people born in 1862, Okakura Kakuzō ranks 67Before him are Sergei Nilus, Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Louis Botha, Paul Adam, Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, and Maximilian Maria, 7th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. After him are Alimardan Topchubashov, Hugo Erdmann, Hjalmar Hammarskjöld, Wil van Gogh, Mykola Pymonenko, and Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. Among people deceased in 1913, Okakura Kakuzō ranks 43Before him are Émile Ollivier, Ralph Rose, Reginald Lee, Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Camille Jenatzy, and Manuel Ferraz de Campos Sales. After him are Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Faisal bin Turki, Sultan of Muscat and Oman, Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, Hjalmar Johansen, Seth Carlo Chandler, and Kâmil Pasha.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Okakura Kakuzō ranks 743 out of 6,245Before him are Hiroshi Inagaki (1905), Soga no Umako (551), Ashikaga Yoshinori (1394), Torii Kiyonaga (1752), Kōdō Sawaki (1880), and Ōtomo Sōrin (1530). After him are Koichi Oita (1914), Tomoyasu Asaoka (1962), Shinya Yamanaka (1962), Tsutomu Miyazaki (1962), Eiji Toyoda (1913), and Higaonna Kanryō (1853).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Okakura Kakuzō ranks 53Before him are Ueda Akinari (1734), Izumi Shikibu (976), Ki no Tsurayuki (866), Ikki Kita (1883), Ariwara no Narihira (825), and George Ohsawa (1893). After him are Seichō Matsumoto (1909), Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (662), Banana Yoshimoto (1964), Yasushi Inoue (1907), Ryōkan (1758), and Takuboku Ishikawa (1886).