:: Okakura Kakuzo:: His Philosophies About Tea And Life In Quotes
Includes Ikebana And Other Illustrations About Okakura Tenshin
Kakuzo From the forward of "The Awakening of Japan" Okakura Kakuzo
was born in Japan in 1863. Okakura graduated (1880) from Tokyo
Imperial University. Soon thereafter he met Ernest Fenollosa who
become the preeminent voice in defending Japan's traditional art
forms against the drive to modernization and westernization of the
early Meiji Restoration. Under his influence Okakura worked toward
reeducating the Japanese people to appreciate their own cultural
heritage. He was one of the principal founders of the Tokyo Fine
Arts School, opened in 1887. In 1898 Okakura was ousted from the
school in an administrative struggle. He next established the
Nippon Bijutsu-in (Japan Academy of Fine Arts) with the help of
such followers as Hishida Shunso and Yokoyama Taikan. A frequent
traveler abroad, at the turn of the century Okakura became curator
of the Oriental art division of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Many of his works, such as The Ideals of the East (1903), The
Awakening of Japan (1904), and The Book of Tea (1906), were written
in English in order to spread abroad his ideas.
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