Chado Urasenke Tankokai Norway Association
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UNGETSUAN, THE TEA HUT
In the grounds of Galleri Aakern Art Gallery in Kongsberg, Norway, Ungetsuan is built by a pond with water lilies and carps, surrounded by a Japanese style garden.
The name of Ungetsuan was picked from a classical poem, meaning the hut beneath drifting clouds and the moon.
When the art gallery shows exhibitions, the garden and the tea hut is also open for the public.
During the summer and autumn seasons, the Ungetsuan tea hut is occasionally used for tea gatherings for the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Norway Association, and for other groups and guests who ask for this special experience.
VISIT OF AMBASSADOR TAUCHI TO THE UNGETSUAN TEAHUT
On July 1st 2018, we had the privilege of receiving the Embassador, mrs. Tauchi and Yamamori san for a whole day visit to the Gallery Åkern, Japanese garden and the Ungetsuan teahut.
Embassador Tauchi was very pleased to see such an autentic teahut in Norway, and they enjoyed the teaceremony very much. Since the embassador himself has studied tea in the Omotosenke tradition, he expressed his wish to some time in the future have a similar teahut in the garden of the embassador's residence in Oslo.
Ambassador Tauchi's visit to
Ungetsuan Tea Hut in 2019
On July 1st, ambassador Tauchi made a new visit to Galleri Åkern for a Tea Ceremony in the Ungetsuan Tea Hut, together with culture attache Tsuchiyama at the Japanese embassy.
The tea bowl used on this occasion is a very old Chinese bowl, found on an excavation ground in Southern China. Its origin and age is uncertain, but it originates probably from the Sung dynasty.
JAPAN CULTURE DAY AT NKIM, TRONDHEIM
In cooperation with the Japanese embassy in Oslo, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (NKIM) organised a Japan Culture Day on Oct. 27th 2019. Under the theme: Omotenashi, various arts and crafts were shown. In a small two mats open room, Svein Westad held a tea ceremony for the guests, embassy counsellor Chie Sato and director of the museum Åshild Adsen. Many visitors watched the unique Japanese traditional Tea Ceremony.