Ippakutei Tea House, the "Tea House of A Hundred Years." Ippakutei was built in 1960, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Japan-U.S. Treaty on Amity and Commerce. It was a gift from the Japan-America Trade Committee, a conglomeration of various Japan-U.S. trade associations.
Ippakutei Tea House, the "Tea House of A Hundred Years"
JICC staff share the hiroma, or large room of Ippakutei Tea House, with an Architecture Week guest.
Ippakutei Tea House
A view of the Old Ambassador's Residence from the path to Ippakutei Tea House.
The main hallway inside the Old Ambassador's Residence.
Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki greets guests as they arrive at the Old Ambassador's Residence for AIA|DC's Architecture Week 2011.
Guests enjoy a special presentation on the history and architecture of Ippakutei Tea House.
Architecture Week guests relax and look over reading material in the Old Ambassador's Residence.
A view of the path leading to Ippakutei from the Old Ambassador's Residence.
The stone path leading to Ippakutei Tea House.
In honor of President James Buchanan, Ippakutei's smaller tea room was named “Buka’an,” the “Tea Room of Dancing Flowers.” Beneath the “Buka’an” sign is the formal entrance to the tea room, known as the nijiriguchi, or “crawl-through entrance.”
The architectural beauty of Ippakutei.
Designed as a formal reception room, the hiroma is the larger room in the tea house. It illustrates the architecture of a traditional living room of a wealthy household. The checkered walls, modeled after a 16th-century tea house in the Imperial Villa in Kyoto, prevent it from looking too austere when there are no scrolls or flowers on display.
Architecture Week guests arrive at the tea house.
Checking out the teahouse
AIA|DC Architecture Week guests try entering the tea house through the formal "nijiri-guchi," or crawl through entrance.
The youngest guest of the day enjoys Ippakutei.
Guests respectfully removed their shoes before entering Ippakutei.