The Japanese Garden House was designed as a place for the taking of tea, viewing the surrounding gardens, and mediating. Garden houses pre-dated and are considerably larger than teahouses. The inspiration for this garden house came from one in Takamatsu, Japan, and was built during the Edo era that was from 1615 to 1868.
After two decades, the Japanese Garden House, located in the Serenity Garden, has a new roof.
The garden exemplified the principles and philosophies of ‘Sukiya Living’ which embodies the garden as part of the total living environment. It plays a supporting role to the lead actor: the house. After all, the garden is viewed from within the house, and the person who benefits from those views almost always spends more time inside than outside.