Plenus 米食文化研究所

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Spatial Compositions

〜Our Facilities and Collection〜

  • Atrium
  • the Tea Room
  • Collection

the Tea Room

The tea room with nure-en (a comfortable wooden veranda on the side of a room with a garden view) is inspired by the Seirentei tea
 room at Toji-in Temple in Kyoto, established by Shogun
 Yoshimasa Ashikaga in commemoration of the 100th
 anniversary of Takauji Ashikaga's death.
 People can relax and enjoy drinking
 tea and viewing art while sitting
 on the veranda.

the Tea Room

Varieties of Wood and Craftsmanship

The alcove post is a persimmon tree from Tamba in Kyoto. The small post placed in the corner of the tea ceremony room is the rare and beautiful Pseudocydonia tree. The alcove sideboard uses the red part of a Japanese black pine hand cut by machete.
The magnificent surface suits the taste of people familiar with tea ceremony. The exterior pillar is an old log used for over 30 years to dry rice stalks at an old farmhouse.

"Kakejiku" a hanging scroll

- Morihiro Hosokawa

"Yamajikite Naniyara-yukashi Sumire-kusa" - Basho Matsuo

The scroll by Morihiro Hosokawa represents a haiku by Basho Matsuo. The poem depicts a mountain path with wild violets that signify the arrival of spring. Traditionally haiku poetry is always closely related to the season and nature. Every month, we ask Mr.Hosokawa to choose a poem and write a calligraphy.

Morihiro Hosokawa

Born in 1938. former writer of Asahi Newspaper, former Member of the Diet of Japan, former Governor of Kumamoto, former Member of Japan New Party, former Prime Minister of Japan. After his retirement from
the political world, he started to create ceramics, write calligraphies,
draw inkdrawings, paint with oil colors and make lacquerwares
at his tea-house "Futou-an" in Yugawara,
Kanagawa Prefecture.

Seasons of Tanada

the Tea Room

Art Glass

Morimitsu Hosokawa


The Plenus "Kokoro" Academy primarily consists of the Tea Room, a space for hospitality, Seasons of Tanada, a work that depicts the primeval Japanese landscape, and the Library, used for seminars and meetings. The Japan's Food Culture Archive research project mainly takes place in the Library, and we also store items such as research materials there as well.

Our cultural exchange program "L'atelier de Yayoi" is located in the tea room so that our international guests can experience Japanese culture or in the atrium for events and exhibitions.