New Tea-Room

Storage area before

When we bought our house one room in second floor was designated as Tea room. For a while I used it as a Tea room and had great plans for improving on the facilities. However, that plan never came to fruition.

This winter my newly bought secondhand aquarium sprung leak and 843 liter of sea water flowed out over our living room. The result of this disaster was that we could not use our living-room for several months. To have a space to watch TV and sit in a couch the room designated as Tea room became the new living room. The problem was that when the living-room was fixed the couch and the TV stayed in the Tea room, and gradually the Tea room became just another messy place.

Storage area today at 18:00

Our house was build in 1959 and the insulation in the loft floor was from that time too. Even worse the loft had no proper floor board to walk on. I decided that I would remove all the old insulation and put in new. When I had done this I added new and proper floorboard. Voila, and I had an abundance of storage space on my loft. In the basement I had a storage room full of stuff junk. I moved much of this to the loft and the rest to the garage.

My Tea Space

Finally I could start moving my Tea-stuff from the messy room on secondfloor down to the basement. After several hours of moving boxes and such I have what looks like a Tea room.  In the future I hope to be able to lift the tatami of the floor so that I can have a sunken ro, and also proper fusuma. I made an estimation that it would cost approximately 12.000 USD to import tatami and fusuma for a four and half mat room with a few mats for a mizuya elsewhere. At the moment there is no way that I can afford that, unless I dip into the wedding budget, which would result in a pre-wedding divorce.

Tomorrow I will unpack some of the dogu and hopefully enjoy the first cup of Tea in nine months. It has been way to long since I last did temae.

Mizuya and Dogu storage

6 Replies to “New Tea-Room”

  1. Looks good! But surely $12,000 is a really high estimate? You must be able to get tatami in Europe, and I’m sure it wouldn’t be that hard to create fusuma with available materials.

  2. Haven’t been able to find a European supplier, so the estimate is from Kyo Tatami in Kyoto.

    I’m not very good with carpentry and such so making the fusuma from scratch is not an option for me. If I create it my self it would have to be fake mud walls, which I have considered. However, I would still ned the Tatami.

  3. For the fusuma, I was thinking more along the lines of repurposing some existing door, like perhaps a sliding closet door. You probably wouldn’t need to cut them (and if you did, I’m sure you could find a hardware store or a friend willing to chop off the tops for you), and you can use various methods of creating a track: someone I know simply trimmed a piece of hardwood flooring to create 2 recessed sections and a raised centre, but who says you couldn’t use a track suspended from the ceiling? You could simply cover the doors with shoji paper (much cheaper to ship from Japan!) or even washi. Other things to consider would be simple plywood or MDF, which is very easy to cut to size, or even a regular hollow-core door. Or how about a French door? You could turn it into a shoji-style door by covering it with paper.

  4. OK, it’s a year later and the wedding is over. Congratulations again! Now, how are your knees? Is the tea room still a tea room or is it totally buried in stuff? You know, if you don’t get back into tea one of these days I’m going to go and sneak your dogu away while you sleep. 😉

  5. A few weeks ago I was able to do my first koicha temae sitting in seiza through the whole thing, and not using any cushions. So there is definite improvements. On that occasion I notices that the knee was less of a problem than the thighs. Hopefully I will be able to pick up the activity again.

    The tea “room” is still dedicated for tea-only. But I haven’t been able to improve anything on it eighter. I dream of expanding it outside to the hallway and get a proper mizuja, but only time will tell if it stays a dream or is implemented.

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