Κυριακή, 17 Μαΐου 2015

Perfection is everywhere if we only choose to recognise it.

Hello everyone!!!

The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō. 
This book was on my list for such a long time and finally, i found it.
It came to my book collection for only 6 euros.
A hardcover beauty, the way i like my books to be!! I can't wait to 
find some time and start reading it.

The Book of Tea (茶の本) by Okakura Kakuzō (1906) 
is a long essay linking the role of tea (teaism) 
to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life.

Addressed to a western audience, 
it was originally written in English and is one of the great English tea classics. 
Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak English 
and was proficient at communicating his thoughts to the Western mind. 

In his book, he discusses such topics as Zen and Taoism, 
but also the secular aspects of tea and Japanese life. The book emphasizes 
how Teaism taught the Japanese many things; most importantly, simplicity. 

Kakuzō argues that this tea-induced simplicity affected art and architecture, 
and he was a long-time student of the visual arts. 
He ends the book with a chapter on Tea Masters, and spends some time talking 
about Sen no Rikyū and his contribution to the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

According to Tomonobu Imamichi, Heidegger's concept of Dasein 
in Sein und Zeit was inspired – although Heidegger remained silent on this 
– by Okakura Kakuzō’s concept of das-in-der-Welt-sein (being-in-the-worldness) 

expressed in The Book of Tea to describe Zhuangzi's philosophy, 
which Imamichi’s teacher had offered to Heidegger in 1919, 
after having followed lessons with him the year before.

“Tea ... is a religion of the art of life.” 
Okakura Kakuzō, The Book of Tea

Because, if i don't take 1000 self portraits... who will??

New add to my ring collection...

...and a few extremely cheap second handed books!

A few weeks back, i walked past this gorgeous mansion in my city.
But it was nightime and i couldn't take a clear picture.

Let me introduce you the
Ahmed Yusuf Kapantzis Villa at the Vassilissis Olgas street, 
also known as "NATO building" or "Red Cross".

Better pictures ahead 
all taken from here (site) text and original photographer.

It is a majestic building with eclectic style and effects art nouveau, 
designed by architect Pierro Arrigoni. 
It is estimated that was built between 1893 and 1895. 

Of the most unique traits is beige red mansion color of the facade, 
the asymmetrical organization of the facades, the tower-like endings of 
SE and NW wing morphology of the roof.

It consists of three floors, each of which is a separate apartment. 
The façade has numerous sheltered and free terraces and impressive tzamota 
and decoration patterns are data neoclassical, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Arabic-Gothic. 

The walls inside are impressive performances 
with botanical subjects, landscapes and medallions with portraits.

The mansion was originally owned 
by Ahmet Kapantzis-it was a holiday family villa Kapantzis.

 After the Asia Minor disaster and the exchange of populations in 1926, 
was received as fungible assets in the public and used by the School Nurses.

During the Second World War 
it was requisitioned by the Germans and used by the Gestapo. 
Later housed there the EES Northern Greece, 
NATO services (for this is known as "NATO building") 
from 1954 to 1973 and the Management of the Organization 
for "Thessaloniki Cultural Capital of Europe 1997".

Recently became the property of Ivan Savvides.

6 σχόλια:

  1. I thought to myself, "This books looks familiar... Do I have it? No... I must buy it... Oh, wait! Here it is!!" Ha, I read part of it last year and indeed loved it; I found it very fascinating. Now you've motivated me to recommence and finish it, aha.
    Beautiful as always!! <3
    And what a lovely building. Architecture is a grand form of art!

    1. Haha you have it?! Oh lucky us then, it's cute to have the same books. I will find some time to read it, currently my weeks are pretty full and i am already reading - trying to finish - two books (as i wrote you). This is one of the most... happy old buildings in my town. It's too much for a gothic soul like me (hahaha!!)

      have already two books that i read (as i wrote you)

    2. Yes, it seems we have a lot of the same books! I'm mostly having the struggle of trying to decide which of my many books to read...
      Well, at least it looks spooky in that one picture! :P

  2. (Νάτα πάλι τα τσάγια)
    Ωραίο κτήριο, ΠΟΛΛΑ χρώματα (το μάτι δεν ξέρει πού να εστιάσει).
    Με τρόμαξες με το "Γυναικολογικό Εργαστήριο"...:-@

    1. Χαχαχα αφού δεν τα πίνουμε, ας τα διαβάζουμε!! (Βtw έχω παρατήσει κάτι ολόκληρα κουτιά τσάι από τον χειμώνα.. δεν κατεβαίνουν.. xD) Ναι είναι πολύ χρωματιστό και θαρρώ όχι από τα τοπ αγαπημένα της περιοχής. Αλλά εκείνη την στιγμή αυτό είχα μπροστά μου αυτό έβγαλα, ελπίζω να με ξαναφέρει ο δρόμος προς τα εκεί.. έχει πολύ πράγμα η Β. Όλγας. ^^ Το άρπαξα τελευταία στιγμή γιατί δεν είχα άλλες επιλογές. Μισό ευρώ το κάθε βιβλίο είχε... πόσο χάλια μπορεί να είναι?!

  3. What a beautiful mansion! I like your nighttime pictures best though! :)


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