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“Fabulous little garden and wonderful tea ceremony”
Review of Gyokusen-en

Gyokusen-en
Ranked #40 of 235 things to do in Kanazawa
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Owner description: This 300-year-old garden has a tearoom that offers a serene setting for sipping green tea and eating sweet bean cakes.
Reviewed April 2, 2012

This garden is a little hard to find but well worth the effort. It is tiny but beautiful and full of inspiration. Someone really knew what they were doing when they built this.
The tea ceremony cost a fair buck but proved to be worth it. We were knocked out by the sincerity of the lady who conducted it and her rigorous adherence to the many traditional motions and actions that go into it. She was very friendly at the same time and made us feel quite at home in what was essentially a pretty strange and foreign experience. The sweet was great too. I would heartily recommend this tea ceremony and the garden.

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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Graceful madam there speaks perfect English. Historical house itself is worth watching.

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Reviewed April 27, 2011

My husband and I phoned 2 days in advance to make a reservation for the formal tea ceremony based on the recommendation in Frommer's Japan and reiterated by a friend who had visited Kanazawa in October.

We were greeted at the front entrance by a lovely, gentle kimono-clad lady speaking English—she gave us a wonderful introduction to the garden's history and pointed out the special, sometimes hidden, features as she led us along the peaceful meandering path. Her husband is a fifth generation owner of this special place.

Eventually we arrived at the door to the tea room where we were shown how to cleanse our hands and our mouth before entering. Once purified and in our stocking feet we entered the room and now had two lovely ladies with us: one teaching us and one performing the ceremony. The tea ceremony is a true art and we were fascinated by the process. We did our best to follow the proper etiquette and our teacher was gentle and patient when we needed a step repeated. Beforehand I wasn't sure how my husband would enjoy the ceremony, but he thoroughly enjoyed the flowing art that went into creating this rare experience.

The slogan of this tea ceremony is "ichigo ichie" which means 'one time, one meeting' —what a way to sum up this experience! We were fortunate to have had this one time and this one meeting—we felt a warm bound with these two ladies, a sense of awe with the ceremony and a peace and calm from the garden which we had to ourselves—a moment to treasure!!

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Reviewed August 24, 2017
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Reviewed August 10, 2017
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