SmithKline Beecham Gallery 344, 3rd floor
The name of this teahouse, Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), reflects the spirit of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony as a temporary refuge from the complexities of daily life. The architecture reveals a special delight in natural materials, such as bamboo and cedar.
Using elements from an eighteenth-century teahouse, Ōgi Rodō designed this retreat around 1917 for the grounds of his Tokyo home. Among the guests he hosted at Sunkaraku were Japanese financial and political leaders for whom he designed country homes and teahouses. Acquired by the museum from the architect in 1928, this is the only example of his work outside Japan. It is still used for tea ceremonies on special occasions.
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Explore our Japanese teahouse, a quiet spot for calm and solitude.
Felice Fischer, Curator Emerita of Japanese Art