The Book of Tea was written by Kakuzo Okakura, a Japanese scholar, who addresses a Western audience in this 1906 essay. He discusses the history and role of tea in shaping aesthetics and culture in Japan, and suggests that we can learn a lot from their way of thinking. One of the main things the appreciation of tea has taught the Japanese is the subtle art of simplicity. I wanted to convey that subtle simplicity in the layout of this book.