The Lure of a Tea House
Tea gardens and tea houses in Japan in the 16th century represented
"a mutual rejoicing in such spiritual bonds of comradeship, in the course of the search for Truth, Good and Beauty"
- Emori Nahiko
Nahiko further explains
This lovely quote inspired me to search out versions of Tea Houses and more:
Terunobu Fujimori's Too-High Tea House, in Nagano, Japan is perched atop a pair of tree trunks 20 feet tall: he says, “One leg is dangerous and three legs are too stable and boring.”
model for the above tea house - DWELL magazine
not big enough to sleep in - and just large enough to house maybe 2 people in a common quest for the ...ineffable? (great word)
"A house and 'dewed' ground
Guest and host
Drinking together a cup of tea
In quiet contemplation
In spiritual symphony"
"The spherical shape directs your attention to the hearth, on which the tea is prepared and creates a close bondage with all who are present." ~ David Mastalka
And this brings us to the Tea House, a work in progress so wonderfully chronicled in the great blog , Each Little World
Tea House Rises
I think that there is also some folklore about Samarai swordsmen having to leave their swords outside and entering head first — a real sign of trust." ~ Mark Golbach, designer and photographer and builder of this tea house
Each Little World Blog - check it out!
This blog post was inspired by a lovely walk I took with a dear friend at Mariandale in Ossining.....walking along a wooded path we came upon their 'healing hut' :
looking out from the tea house through the entry arch to the Hudson River
By the way, drinking just half a cup of green or oolong tea daily reduces a person's risk of high blood pressure by almost 50%. Loaded with anti-oxidants, tea has been shown in study after study to inhibit many forms of cancer and to promote recovery.
so build that tea house today!
here is a great book that describes how to do it: