Teahouse (SUIAN)

School premises for learning spirit.

HISUI TOKYO Teahouse ‘SUIAN’

Experience the atmosphere of the bygone era of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, here in the present.

HiSUi Tokyo’s teahouse, “SUIAN”, is modeled after teahouses in the late 16th century’s “Azuchi-Momoyama” period. This was the period that spanned across the reigns of the powerful samurai warlords, Nobunaga Oda and Hideoyoshi Toyotomi.

During this period, teahouses were originally utilized by generals for negotiations and discussions of a diplomatic nature.

For samurais, being able to demonstrate many dignified fine arts—including correct kimono dressing and the traditional tea ceremony ritual—was indispensable in showing the heights of their accomplishments. Calligraphy was seen as not just a means of communicating ideas, but also as a way of expressing one’s sensitivity and intelligence. The discipline of the drawn-sword technique in Swordsmanship, or ‘batto’, was vital in times of war to protect oneself and community, and in turn, protecting and serving the reigning lord of the land.

Partly due to policies put into place by Nobunaga Oda, and the gradual weakening of Buddhism, the Azuchi-Momoyama period was the era where a culture of wealth and luxury flourished. This culture of wealth and luxury is now known as “Azuchi-momoyama culture.” What started as casual enjoyment of tea amongst wealthy merchants, evolved into the fine craft of the tea ceremony.

HiSUi Tokyo’s teahouse, SUIAN, is a high-quality environment in which we can experience the extraordinary Azuchi-Momoyama culture. Please come and enjoy the experience of a tea ceremony in the same gorgeous atmosphere in which rich, wealthy merchants and warlords once resided.