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10 Inspirational Japanese Tea Quotes for Mindful Living

Moments of tranquility and mindfulness in our fast-paced world can often prove fleeting and hard to find. However amidst this, the culture of Japanese tea is a sanctuary of peace and mindfulness. By representing a philosophy on life that has been profound throughout centuries, each cup of tea has trascended beyond an average beverage. In this post, we've illuminated our 10 favorite Japanese tea quotes that inspire us to create more mindful moments of living.

Keep these quotes in mind the next moment you savor a rich cup of Japanese tea. Whether it be one of sencha or a brew of sobacha, allow each cup to accompany you on a journey of mindfulness


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1. "The ceremony is a way of worshiping the beautiful and the simple. All one's efforts are concentrated on trying to achieve perfection through the imperfect gestures of daily life." —Okakura Kakuzo


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2. "Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things." —Okakura Kakuzo


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3. "A bath refreshes the body. Tea refreshes the mind." —Japanese Proverb


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4. "Wherever you are drinking your tea, whether at work, in a cafe, or at home, it is wonderful to allow enough time to appreciate it." —Thich Nhat Hanh

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5. "When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea. The rest of the world dissolves. There are no worries about the future. No dwelling on past mistakes." —Okakura Kakuzo


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6. "In serving tea, we practice omotenashi, offering a piece of our heart in each cup." —Unknown


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7. "Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities." —Okakura Kakuzo


8. "Tea is more than an idealization of the form of drinking; it is a religion of the art of life." —Okakura Kakuzo 

9. "When you hear the splash of the water drops that fall into the bowl you will feel that all the dust of your mind is washed away." —Sen no Rikyu

10. "Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future." —Thich Nhat Hanh


In summary, while seemingly just a drink, the world of Japanese is rich and complex. Each cup holds a serene journey,  a practice of mindfulness, and an art of living. The wisdom shared by Okakura Kakuzo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sen no Rikyu, and others in these Japanese tea quotes encourage us to practice more mindful living everyday. As a result, we're reminded to slow down, appreciate the present, and find beauty in life's imperfections. We're encouraged to immerse ourselves fully in the here and now, and let go of past burdens and future anxieties.

The next time you savor your cup of Japanese tea, enjoy it slowly and let the simplicity of each sip bring you to peace and presence in everyday life. 


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