Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tea Houses

The sounds of the tea being made invite the peach blossoms to peep in through the window.

Perhaps now would be a good time for a cuppa?

Nobotoke-an 野仏庵
photo by Patrick Vierthaler

Main hall and tea house in Dunedin Chinese Garden
photo by Pseudopanax

Ham House, England
photo by KotomiCreations

Zaanse Schans, the Netherlands
photo by Or Hiltch

A Chaikhaneh (tea house) close to the Zendan-e Eskandar (Alexander the Great’s prison) at Yazd, Iran
photo by dynamosquito

Tea House 6, Kyoto, Japan
photo by Tealet

Tea Ceremony
photo by Preconscious Eye

The tea pavilion, castle of Borne Blanche
photo by P.poschadel

One more quote:
If afternoon teas had started in the Oligocene Epoch, instead of the seventeenth century, we are convinced that evolution, far from discarding that useful appendage, the tail, would have perfected it. A little hand would have evolved at the end of it — such a one as might hold his saucer, while a gentleman sips from his teacup.
~Contributors' Club, The Atlantic Monthly, October 1917


Pop said...

These tea houses (and rooms and sets) are all kind of peaceful and ceremonial...and some are even beautiful. They all show a need for human relaxation and quiet conversation. Interesting that we have built satisfying that need around a beverage.

I have to admit, though, that the last quote will stick with me for a while (for good or bad :-).

Robyn Hood Black said...

Oh, let's do have tea, Tabatha! I'll meet you at ANY of those magical spots....

Retta said...

I was quite tickled by the quote at the end. I could envision the gentleman having tea, and his tail properly holding the little saucer for the teacup. :-D