Kukuzo Okakura's writing in The Book of Tea provides much for education on tea ceremony and gives a thoughtful perspective on this beautiful art. It's a book I've enjoyed reading today. Several quotes that I especially found meaningful for contemplation are:
"Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others."
"Tea is a work of art."
"The simplicity of the tea-room and its freedom from vulgarity make it truly a sanctuary from the vexation of the outer world."
*The photo today is of a tea luncheon set in my personal collection. It was made by my mother, another woman who adored 'all things tea'. In addition to the careful applique and embroidery stitching, I love the tiny flowers she embroidered on the tablecloth. It's just about too pretty to use, but use it I shall. Things like this are meant to be shared with those we love. It's all a part of gracious hospitality*