This pavilion was opened in May 1995 by the Honourable Tatsuo Ozawa, a prominent Japanese Parliamentarian, who had previously noted the need for a protective place in which visitors could rest end enjoy the beauty of the Garden. He secured over $560,000 in funds from Japanese businesses to build the Pavilion.
The pavilion then is designed to create a venue for promotion of friendship and intercultural understanding between Japan and Canada.
To achieve the appearance of mud walls, acrylic stucco was used on the exterior of the building. Therefore the exterior looks light and tender, and at the same time the post and bean structure is exposed; the transitional space under the eaves connects the interior of the building to the garden.
The lobby (gengkahn) has a black tiled floor, which is common in Japanese architecture, as are the grass mats (tatami), the rice paper screens (shogi), and the sliding doors (fusama). The tatami mats, the fusama and the light fixtures were all imported from Japan.
The size and proportions of the pavilion were determined by the number of tatami mats in the main room. The twenty-mat room can accommodate 20 adults for living, eating and sleeping. By dismantling the 3 tables and storing them under the tatami mats the room changes from a dining area into a sleeping area. This large room can be used for large tea ceremonies and as a waiting room for smaller ones. Split-toes socks (tabi) are the most appropriate footwear for walking on the tatami mats (shoes should never be worn) The mats can be slept upon but often rolled out futons are used as well. In Japan, the space underneath the tatami mats is used for storage, and the mats are reversible so that one side can be reserved for special guests. The surface of the ceiling in the main room looks like wood, but it is actually a layer of paper.
Rice paper screens (shogi) are used to create specific views of the scenery. They are usually opened only as wide as the scroll on the opposite side of the room. The shogi slide upward from ground level in order that one may watch the falling snow. When the screens are closed, the left one should be closer to the window than the right one.
The alcove (tokanoma) opposite the window usually houses a scroll (kakemono) and a simple flower arrangement. It gives the guests without a window view something beautiful to look at. The kakemono is selected according to the season and with consideration of the message written on it.
The tearoom (chashitsu) is four and a half tatami mats in area, a common and median size for tearooms. Best appreciated from a kneeling position, the room incorporates three types of wood, namely bamboo, cherry and yellow cedar. This then creates a varied, yet serene, atmosphere. Spacious ness is created by using three different heights. The small door (nijirguchi) is where the guests of a tea gathering (chakai) traditionally enter the room. Also, the door's smallness makes it difficult to bring swords inside. In winter the sunken hearth (ro) in the centre of the room is used for tea ceremonies (chanoyus), while in summer the brazier (furo) is used. Tearooms express the host or designer's unique idea of tea; it is one of the basic utensils necessary for the preparation of a bowl of tea.
Next to the tearoom is the tea preparation room (mizuya). Here are kept the tea bowls (chawan) and various tea implements, including the ladle (hishaku) and the tea container (natsume). Bamboo grating is used for the floor-sink and bamboo pegs are in the wall for drying cloths. The tea bowls. Like the scrolls, are chosen for each occasion by the host. All of the bowls are hand made and have a front, a side and a backside; many bowls tell a story.
Tea offering at the Pavilion
During the months of May, June, July, and August you are invited to come and experience Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Ozawa Pavilion on a Sunday afternoon. Tea Ceremony as we know it today began in 15th century Japan, as a discipline of preparing and serving tea. The essence is simply that a host prepares a bowl of tea, and a guest receives and enjoys this moment. There is a focus on beauty in simple natural things, being in harmony with other people and with nature around us, and feeling at peace and at ease.
Entering the Ozawa Pavilion, you will sit on a tatami mat floor, and notice the scroll and simple flower arrangement for tea ceremony (chabana) which have been chosen to represent the spirit and loveliness of the season. The host will enter the room, with the beautiful and austere tea utensils in hand. Each item, from the water container to the tea bowl is specifically chosen by the host to reflect both the season and a theme for that occasion. The soothing sound of the water in the tea kettle, and the delicate bamboo whisk as it makes the tea froth, center the spirit and calm the mind. You will feel a tranquility and harmony sitting in an unusual and serene place tasting special Japanese green tea.
We invite people of all ages to experience a Tea demonstration, and hope it will give you a new awareness and pleasure.
For further information contact (780) 987-3054