SAMA ‘Spills the Tea’ with Beautiful “The Book of Tea”

Wednesday 30th, December 2020 / 11:03 Written by
SAMA ‘Spills the Tea’ with Beautiful “The Book of Tea”

SAMA ‘Spills the Tea’ with Online Book Club, The Book of Tea

Those hoping to start the new year knowing all the ‘tea’ need look no further than SAMA, the San Antonio Museum of Art. The museum is hosting the second installment of their online book club with “The Book of Tea” on January 8 at 6 p.m. Written in 1906 by a Japanese scholar and artist, the book argues how ‘teaism’ influenced the beauty and simplicity of Japanese culture and aesthetics. The virtual event will also include a short presentation of Asian art from the museum collection led by curator Emily Sano and a tea demonstration by Snug Tea. 

Bring in the new year with a “tea-ful” conversation at SAMA’s second book club. For this installment, we will read The Book of Tea, written in 1906 by Japanese scholar and artist, Okakura Kakuzō. This short essay argues how “teaism” influenced the beauty and simplicity of Japanese culture and aesthetics.  

“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 Kakuzō 


Join us for a special collection presentation with Emily Sano, Curator of Asian Art, as well as a tea demonstration and guide with SnugTea. 

To complete the experience, the museum gift shop is offering ‘Book of Tea Bundles’ that include the book, matcha tea, a matcha whisk and selected tea pouches. The bundles can be purchased here:

Tickets for the online event are $10 for the general public and $5 for members. Additional information and tickets can be found here.


About San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in a historic brewery along the banks of the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. The Museum offers important permanent collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, contemporary art and American paintings. Bexar County residents enjoy free general admission every Tuesday from 4–9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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