WOULD YOU LIKE A BOWL OF TEA?
The inspiration came from the traditional Japanese tea-ceremony room, which has a small door under which people have to bow to enter and exit. This symbolises the fact that all people are born from, and return to, the same place. The samurai of the medieval period had to leave their sword behind to participate in the ceremony, stripping back the experience to the bare essence of being and soul. As long ago as the 16th century, tearooms were created in war zones, with the tea ceremony functioning to relieve emotional stress and restore social order. The deep sense of presence and silence afforded by the Tearoom offers participants time to pause and reflect amongst our busy life of daily rituals.
PopUp Tearoom Series have been experimented in Australia, Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Philippines and Hong Kong, during Yumi’s Fellowship by Australia Council (2015-16).
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Igaki Studio, Jodie Hutchinson, Sarah Walker, Ben Thomas, Joseph Gabriel, Many Hands International, NObu, Vikk Shayen, Yumi Umiumare