Shodensan-so is a a venue for promoting and practicing tea ceremony. As the variety of tea rooms confirm, Shodensan-so is not a temple but rather a center for the pursuit of tea culture in Japan. Rare openings to visitors in November includes the tea ceremony experience, as well as a stroll through its Japanese garden and an opportunity to view exquisite sukiya architecture. The property was built in keeping one architectural detail in mind: the square-circle duality. For example, ponds: square north, round south, to square and round window shapes, ceiling patterns to lanterns and stepping stones. Though the garden itself appears to have no real focal point, it is in fact a strolling garden where the visitor encounters various aspects of the garden as a kind of adventure.
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