A tsukubai is to be found in most Japanese gardens especially those associated with tea ceremony.. and is formally composed of a wash basin, chozubachi a bamboo scoop and a number of special purpose stones. These water basins are often surrounded by stone backgrounds. The word tsukubai really refers to the entire composition, rather than the basin itself. Its original purpose was to humble guests and create the right state of mind before guests joined the tea ceremony. Many Japanese gardens today have both the chozubachi and tsukubai and are often fed with water from a bamboo spout called kakei. In a simple temple surrounding, the water basin in and of itself is referred to as a chozubachi.
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