World of Design: The History and Magic of the Japanese Teahouse

The first thing that often comes to mind when thinking of Japanese architecture is theteahouse or tearoom (chashitsu). Teahouses emerged with the development of the tea ceremony (chanoyu or sadō) — an art form that expresses Japanese sentimentality and aesthetics through the act of drinking tea. The chashitsu as it’s now understood is widely attributed to Sen no Rikyū, who developed it by innovating on the spaces already found in Japanese architecture. For this reason, the tearoom holds a special position in Japanese architecture. Even today, many types of chashitsu are being built.