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Experience the Japanese Tea Culture
in the Seattle Art Museum's Ryokusuian teahouse

CHADO The Way of Tea
Third Thursday, 6:30PM
except January and August

Seattle Art Museum
Downtown Seattle

For reservations call SAM box office at (206) 654-3121
Wednesday through Friday
Seattle Art Museum, Ryokusuian Teahouse

Seattle, Washington, the emerald city of the Pacific Northwest, is
bounded by Puget Sound to the west, Lake Washington to the east and
soaring Mt. Rainier to the south. Home to the Boeing Aircraft Company,
the Microsoft Corporation, and the Seattle Mariners, Seattle is also known
for having one of America’s finest collections of Japanese art that is now
housed in the original Seattle Art Museum that has been renamed the
Seattle Asian Art Museum in scenic Volunteer Park, and the new
downtown Seattle Art Museum designed by the American architect
Robert Venturi.

Recognizing the integral role of Chado in the development of distinctive
art forms, Seattle Art Museum installed, in 1992, on the third floor of the
new downtown museum, a tearoom designed and donated by
Sen XV, fifteenth generation head of the Urasenke Tradition of Chanoyu
Tea. The teahouse showcases the arts and culture of Japan and the
friendship between our two nations.

Aptly named Ryokusuian, "Arbor of Green Reflecting Waters," by
Soshitsu Sen, the teahouse was officially dedicated by Sakurai Soyo, and
her daughter Yukiko in 1993.

The three-mat, geza-doko (alcove) tearoom with a small adjoining
mizuya (kitchen) is skillfully constructed of the finest materials. The
features include a kakibuki roof, a Kitayama sugi tokobashira
(alcove post), a katoguchi-style sadoguchi (host entrance), a nigiriguchi
(guest entrance) with a renji mado (window) above and a shitaji mado
(window) adjacent to the temaeza (tea preparation mat). The tearoom
is designed with removable shoji for optimum viewing.

When the Seattle Art Museum expanded in 2007, the Chanoyu Gallery
was renovated to complement the teahouse by creating an integrated
space for contemplation and inspiration. A koshikake bench was installed
to view the tearoom along with a closed circuit Chanoyu video that is
shown when the teahouse is not in use.  A new modified tokonoma-like
display case features seasonal Chanoyu arts from the Museum’s collection.