Japanese Tea House “ Tosui-an” is located in the garden of our museum. Here you can enjoy the traditional Japanese tea “ matcha (powdered green tea) ” with “ omogashi (Japanese-style sweets)” in casual table-and-chair ceremony style. Inside the house, we have one eight-mats tea room and another four-and-a half mats tea room. Also, you can choose the tea bowls which are the works of local pottery artists. Those tea bowls are completely changed monthly according to the each artists’ birth months.
|Opening Hours||10:30-16:00 ( last call )
*Closed every Mondays and End-Year Holidays
(from December 28 to January 4).
( In case Monday is a National Holiday, then it will be closed the next Tuesday.)
Tea Serving Charge
550yen per a serving ( 1 bowl of tea and a sweet)
|Using Tea Rooms||Reservation required. Please ask more details by phone.|
*No outside foods and drinks are allowed inside the Tea House
The tea ceremony is one of the best-known traditional arts of Japan. During the ceremony, the host prepares “matcha”(powdered green tea) using special utensils. The tea ceremony is served in the “chashitsu”(tearoom), a special space set aside for the enjoyment of the tea ceremony and for entertaining guests. The tea ceremony was raised to an art through its spiritual foundation in Zen Buddhism, and was called “wabicha”(tea of sober refinement). It was brought to perfection by Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) in the Momoyama Period (late 16th century to early 17th century), and has been handed down to the present day with a few innovations over the past 400 years.
The ceremony begins with the guests having a sweet treat. Next the tea bowl is served with its front facing the guests who are expected to turn the bowl slightly so that they can drink it avoiding the front of the bowl. When the guests have finished their tea, they should replaced the bowl on the spot where it was first served, and admire the emptied bowl. The hosts appreciate it if the guests show an interest in the utensils used for the tea ceremony, since these specially chosen utensils play as important a role as the tea and sweets in showing their hospitarity to their guests.