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Virtual South West Meeting – Tea rooms, Tea houses and Garden Pavilions in Japanese Gardens

12th December 2020 @ 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Tea rooms, Tea houses and Garden Pavilions in Japanese Gardens – on Saturday 12th December 2020. This virtual meeting is hosted by the Japanese Garden Society (South West Group) and comprises an illustrated talk by Yoko Kawaguchi from 3pm (GMT) followed by a Gardeners Question Time session until 5pm.

We invite you to join the meeting from 2:45pm so the lecture can start promptly at 3pm (UK time).

JGS members will receive a direct email from the membership secretary with registration details during November.  This meeting is also open to non-members who can register their interest by sending an email to southwest@jgs.org.uk.  

Tea rooms, Tea houses and Garden Pavilions in Japanese Gardens.

How many kinds of tea houses are there in Japan? The word ‘tea house’ has been used to translate a range of Japanese terms which refer to certain types of rooms and establishments involved, more or less, in the selling, serving and consumption of green tea: chashitsu (literally, a ‘tea room’), chatei (‘tea pavilion’), chamise (‘tea shop’) and chaya (‘tea house’).

Historically these Japanese terms were used interchangeably to refer variously to rooms in which a formal tea ceremony is conducted, garden pavilions, roadside refreshment stalls, refreshment stalls at theatres and sumo arenas, formal restaurants, establishments where geishas and courtesans entertain their patrons, and, finally, shops which sell leaf tea.

In this talk Yoko Kawaguchi will attempt to cut through this confusion and will be looking at different styles of tea houses and pavilions for Japanese-style gardens.

Following Yoko’s talk we will host a Q&A session related to Yoko’s talk as well as another of our Gardener’s Question Time 

About the speaker: Yoko Kawaguchi is a cultural historian who writes and lectures on the subject of Japanese gardens, as well as many other aspects of Japanese culture.  She has recently given us talks about the Japanese Garden in Toulouse as well as an informative talk about Japanese lanterns. Her publications include Japanese Zen Gardens and Authentic Japanese Gardens. Yoko is also a committee member for SWJGS.

Following Yoko’s talk we will host another Gardener’s Question Time session. The other panelists answering your questions are Katie Croft (horticulturalist), Howard Healey (Director of the Japanese Garden Centre, UK).  Please send your questions in advance to southwest@jgs.org.uk


12th December 2020
2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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JGS South West Region