What Lies Between: Exploring the Japanese Tea Garden

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February 22, 2016 by katmcdaniel

I’m getting back to writing these days after a busy performing season and will have some new pieces for you this week, including one about a fantastic romantic garden near Rome. In the meantime, here is a wonderful oldie from last year about the mindfulness of the Japanese Tea Garden. Enjoy!


Transitioning from busy exterior lives to our private lives is difficult. How do we keep a quiet place for ourselves?

Kingston Lacy Japanese Tea  Garden, Dorset, Great Britain © Ray Beer with CCLicense Kingston Lacy Japanese Tea Garden, Dorset, Great Britain
© Ray Beer with CCLicense

The Japanese tea ceremony, cha-no-yu, and tea garden, roji, evolved from traditions and tea from China. The Buddhist monk Eichū  was the first person acknowledged to celebrate the ceremony in Japan during the 9th Century, after returning from a trip to the mainland, where tea had been known for many centuries. It was seen as an enlightened and civilized practice and developed deep spiritual significance.

The word roji has its origin in characters that mean “path”, “ground” and “dewiness”. It came to be used as a term for the area that lies between the main house and the chashitsu, the room or house where the tea ceremony is performed. Guests do not only pass through the…

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