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The Tea Garden

at the Japanese Pavilion of the Montréal Botanical Garden
by Albane Le Nay
December 2, 2001


October 15, 2001 - The Japanese Pavilion of the Montréal Botanical Garden will be inaugurating its new tea garden in June 2002. The project has been officially launched on Wednesday, October 10, at 11 a.m, attending by Mr. Yoshio Nakatani, President of Toyota Canada, M. Maurice Beauchamp, Mediator with the city of Montréal, Mr. Tetsuo Shioguchi, Japanese Consul General in Montréal, Mr. Claude Gagné, President of the Japanese Garden and Pavilion Foundation of Montréal and Mr Jean-Jacques Lincourt, Director of the Montréal Botanical Garden.
Since it opened in June 1989, the Japanese Pavilion has included a tea house, the ideal location in summer for celebrating this quintessentially Japanese hospitality rite.
Now, so that the Japanese Pavilion can better promote Japanese culture and better fulfill its educational, social and cultural missions, the Montréal Botanical Garden is planning to create a tea garden next to the tea house. The new garden has been designed to fit in smoothly with the existing layout of the Japanese Garden.
The concept of tea gardens dates back to the 14th century, at the same time as the tea ceremony itself. Their main purpose was originally to prepare guests spiritually: as they walked through the tea garden to the tea house, they could set aside their daily cares and adopt the frame of mind necessary to truly appreciate the tea ceremony. Consequently, this type of garden must be very intimate and serene.
This tea garden has been made possible by a generous contribution by Toyota Canada. Hiroshima, Montréal's sister city, is also involved, as it has kindly donated the plans for the garden.

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