Chado Urasenke Tankokai Norway Association
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Ungetsuan, the tea hut
In the grounds of Galleri Aakern Art Gallery in Kongsberg, Norway, Ungetsuan is built by a pond with water lilies and carps, surrounded by a Japanese style garden.
The name of Ungetsuan was picked from a classical poem, meaning the hut beneath drifting clouds and the moon.
When the art gallery shows exhibitions, the garden and the tea hut is also open for the public.
During the summer and autumn seasons, the Ungetsuan tea hut is occasionally used for tea gatherings for the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Norway Association, and for other groups and guests who ask for this special experience.
VISIT OF EMBASSADOR TAUCHI TO THE UNGETSUAN TEAHUT
On July 1st 2018, we had the privilege of receiving the Embassador, mrs. Tauchi and Tsuchyama san for a whole day visit to the Gallery Åkern, Japanese garden and the Ungetsuan teahut.
Embassador Tauchi was very pleased to see such an autentic teahut in Norway, and they enjoyed the teaceremony very much. Since the embassador himself has studied tea in the Omotosenke tradition, he expressed his wish to some time in the future have a similar teahut in the garden of the embassador's residence in Oslo.