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the Japanese tea room is specifically built for the tea ceremony a vibrant living practice this handcrafted structure creates a rustic environment for tea and is a work of art in itself the tea room at the asian art museum was designed to fit into the gallery space and is fully functional it has an electric burner to heat water for tea and a kitchen or Messiah with running fresh water the lighting coming through the windows is timed to simulate natural light there is a morning afternoon and evening setting the alcove or tokonoma is a special area for the display of objects selected to set the theme and stimulate conversation in the tea gathering a calligraphy scroll flowers and incense container are among the items that might be placed here the tea room was constructed at Nakamura Soto G in Kyoto greena mr. Nakamura swore shop was chosen for its renowned for making high-quality traditional Japanese buildings and because of its stock of beautiful and rare woods collected over generations a variety of woods are used in the tearoom cedar cypress pine bamboo and camellia this wood is carefully selected and then weathered and dried over a period of time Tea Room artisans are trained in a kyoto carpentry tradition called teahouse style building in keeping with tradition the museum's tea room was built using handcrafted joinery techniques the architect osamu Sato and four highly specialized artisans came from Japan in September of 2002 they spent two weeks in San Francisco assembling the Tea Room which had been shipped in pieces from Kyoto once in the u.s. some pieces were cut to fit to account for the wood shrinking or expanding during transit the three layers and final coat of wall plastering were also applied here the installation of the tatami mat flooring provided the finishing touch the Asian Art Museum's tea room used both for the display of objects and tea gatherings provides a living environment where one may experience tea and study its related arts you