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I am constantly asked about the Japanese Tea Gardens and all the important ceremonies. They are both steeped in rituals that go back hundreds of years and are not as nuanced as you would think.
Japanese gardens originated in China in their most common form and grew in style and substance as time went by, without ever losing their meaning and spiritual practises. Until the early 8th century, tea wasn’t even grown in Japan and was eaten primarily for medicinal purposes. Chinese Buddhist priests described their tea making in a book called ‘Cha Ching’ and the contents of this book form the basis for the tea ceremony in a Japanese Tea garden today. Monks and priests were primarily responsible for the design and creation of Japanese gardens hundreds of years ago, and the significance of religion and meditation inside these gardens was very important. Priests would take tea to assist their meditation, and so the Japanese tea garden was born and the tea ceremony itself was eventually born.
Japanese tea gardens are thus, very spiritual havens for designers and tourists alike. The ceremony is strictly adhered to and is itself a precursor to the Tea Garden. Japanese tea gardens, a cardinal rule of this sort of oriental garden, never appear artificial, and must have a natural appearance. Careful planning and highly qualified construction accomplish this.
It was intended to enjoy the natural appearance of the Japanese tea garden from the entrance to the gardens, usually through a fence, along a carefully laid stone path that in some cases leads to the tea house or a small gazebo in turn. Stepping stones, small clusters of trees and stone lanterns are popular ingredients. Because of its nature, it is important to see a Japanese tea garden from the path leading to the tea house, the design has been done in a way that gives the best view of the garden. In Japan, tea was a rare product in the Heian era and this dictated the Japanese approach to tea and its drinking. Formalities were drawn up and its scarcity was the basis for the ritual itself. I am confident that if tea had been grown and consumed by far more people in Japan than it actually was the Japanese tea ceremony would not have been part of the history and culture of the Japanese garden.