Chashitsu Tea Rooms
Different-size rooms are named
based on the number of Tatami
mats and how they are laid out.
Tea Room Features:
Tatami mats cover the floor and
there is usually an alcove or
Tokonoma in the room.
1) Sadouguchi (茶道口)
This is used
by the host
to enter and
A sliding door which has a lattice
frame on both sides of the door
with white paper.
A type of sliding door found in
ancient Japanese houses.
2) Tokobashira (床柱)
Red pine is sometimes used with
the bark left on. An aitebashira is a
pillar found on the other side of it.
3) Otoshigake (落としがけ)
It supports the short wall located in
front of the alcove. Usually made of
red cedar, red pine, or Paulownia wood.
4) Kakejiku (掛軸)
are hung on
Tokonoma lower beam
used by the
tea & to
7) Nijiriguchi (にじり口)
A small opening for the guests
to use as entry.
8) Tokonoma (Alcove)
The most important part of the room.
It is where the hanging scroll and
flowers are displayed.
2 mats are
used & the fire
pit is placed in
with a board
A rectangular Chashitstu with 4 mats
and with a fire pit located between the
Teishu and his guests.
Has 2 guest
mats and a
shorter one for
The fire pit is
Teishu and his
Has 3 mats with the fire pit also
between the Teishu and his guests.
With one mat for the guests and a
smaller mat for the Teishu. The fire pit
is situated in the Teishu’s matted area.
and a half
A 3 mat Chashitsu where the fire pit is
located in the Teishu’s matted side on
the side of the wall with a 45cm board.
8. Old-style Naga-yojo
with 4 mats
and a fire pit
guests. It has
a 15cm board.
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