Last July, I read about Tokujin Yoshioka‘s KOU-AN Glass Tea House installation in Kyoto and wrote a post about it. But the minute I saw KOU-AN I wanted to go to Kyoto to see it, take my own photos and experience it first hand.
I finally travelled back to beautiful Kyoto a few weeks ago and visited KOU-AN Glass Tea House, in Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple. Seiryu-den Temple is stunning. Built on a mountain top where you can look down the whole cityscape of Kyoto and surrounded by red and yellow trees which added an even more magical feeling to the whole scenery.
I swear I had butterflies in my stomach. I’m a fan of Yoshioka’s architecture, art installations and designs and I just couldn’t wait to see “KOU-AN”. And here it is…
The walls, the flooring and the roof are all made of glass offering a modern take both on traditional tea ceremonies and traditional tea houses. The glass is the perfect material to integrate this installation to the surrounding nature.
There are glass benches surrounding “KOU-AN” so you can sit there when tea ceremonies are taking place.
Traditional tea houses have scrolls and flowers but “KOU-AN” seems empty. When you look carefully, there’s the glitter of natural light, dew drops and a little rainbow that appears through the prism glass on the roof.
Such a happy day ♡
Yoshioka plans to move the tea house to other locations around the world.
Definitely one of my favourite Japanese artists and another wonderful experience in Japan.
And more of Kyoto coming soon!
KOU-AN Glass Tea House will be on from 9th April 2015 through 2016 (Date TBA), Venue: Kyoto Shogunzuka Seiryu-den (28 Zushiokukacho-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto), Hosted by: Shoren-in, Cosponsored by: TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC., Designed by: TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC., Structural support by:Jun Sato Structural Engineering –
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Big thanks to Carol for putting up with my excitement that day!