Japanese Tea Garden

Pick a secluded and tranquil spot, space allowing, for your teahouse or symblance of.  The teahouse was initially created for the tea ceremony and to remove the participants from the distractions and cares of daily living.  There should be a winding, stepping stone path with stones placed in a way that slows your pace and allows you to view the garden along the way. The garden is more wild then cultivated.  Plantings should be few in number and simple- evergreens, ferns, mosses and  possibly a few maples.  Stones should be randomly placed, resembling a mountain path.

The teahouse itself should be rustic in nature made of wood, rough-surfaced plaster, or stones to be authentic. Originally, teahouse roofs were thatched. The garden is small and may be closed in by hedges, walls, or fences to give an aire of privacy and intimacy.  A gate represents passage, leaving the world behind.  Usually there is a stone lantern to light the way and a stone basin of some kind to wash before participating in the tea ceremony.  Water trickles  into the basin from a bamboo flume that spills out over pebbles or larger rocks placed so to keep the area from muddying. Nearby are large flat stones for setting down belongings while you wash in the basin.  Stones are arranged in a way that requires you to bend, over or humble yourself, to wash.

You will not usually find flowers in a tea garden except within the teahouse itself where a lovely and simple arrangement was placed for contemplation and appreciation.


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