Yasuragi  - A Place of Tranquility Detail

Yasuragi - A place of Tranquility
Yasuragi - A place of Tranquility

There is an air of tranquility that surrounds this tea house. One can hear the water trickling into the stone basin in the garden.

The teahouse
The teahouse

A typical traditional Japanese teahouse with the tiled roof, tatami mats and screen doors.

Inside view
Inside view

So you see the miniature tea house on the far left of the room? A biwa lays idol against the wall, the Geisha plays on it regularly in the evenings as part of her relaxation. In the background through the rounded window one can see the pond with the Koi fishes.

The Geisha
The Geisha

The Geisha has just watered the bonsai plant. She has taken a long few hours applying her make up to her face and combing her hair up so neatly.

The little girl
The little girl

The young toddler has learnt to make a tiny crane with origami paper. She is holding it in her hand.

Plates
Plates

Three porcelain plates adorn the upper shelf of the wall unit. The plates detail paintings of a variety of the Geisha ladies in different poses.

Bamboo plant and lamp
Bamboo plant and lamp

A healthy plant decorates the shelf. The ambiance of the lamp lends to the serenity of the atmosphere.

Ornaments
Ornaments

Elegant Japanese figurines decorate the wall unit.

Scroll on the wall
Scroll on the wall

A message on the scroll convey well wishes to this family.

Table
Table

A plate of assorted sushi, cups filled with tea and sake in tiny cups have been arranged by the Geisha for their dinner.

Geta shoes
Geta shoes

It is customary to leave one's shoes outside before entering the teahouse.

Child's sandals
Child's sandals

These small sized geta shoes were handmade with very fine straw.

The garden
The garden

It is feeding time for the Koi fish, the cranes are at bay watching from a distance. Water trickles into the stone container sandwiched in amongst the plants in the garden.

Close up of the pond
Close up of the pond

A little curved bridge leads to another garden with a drinking catchment. The colorful Koi fish swim from under the water lilies to the rock on the other end of the pond.

Water lilies and Irises
Water lilies and Irises

Pale yellow water lilies and purple irises float at the edge of the pond. The Koi fish have gathered around the edge of the pond awaiting the special food fed to them by the gardener.

Water fountain
Water fountain

Embedded in the side of the landscape is a fountain made of stone, water trickles from the bamboo spout to the serenity of its surroundings.

Bamboo fence and garden gate
Bamboo fence and garden gate

A close up view of the special knots (kinkakuji -gaki) used to hold the bamboo together. The garden gate has been handmade and woven with rope.