KAKUZO OKAKURA was born in Yokohama in 1862. Son of a samurai family, he met the American professor of Philosophy and political economy Ernest Fenollosa(1853-1908) at Tokyo University, and later moved to Boston, Joining the artistic circle there. In 1905, he became adviser and later assistant curator to the Chinese and Japanese Department of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He wrote He wrote The Book of Tea in 1906, in English, and it has been continually in print ever since. Okakura died in 1913.
HOUNSAI GENSHITSU SEN is a direct descendent of Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), who established the foundations of chanoyu (tea ceremony) as they are still practiced today. As Grand Master of the Urasenke School he has traveled throughout the world to communicate these principles, and those of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility that they represent.