Tea House & Gardens

Showa Boston’s Japanese Tea House was built in 1988. It is one of the finest and most authentic tea houses in all of New England. It was designed by an architect in Japan and built by several Japanese carpenters.

Most of the material used for constructing the tea house was brought from Kyoto and other parts of Japan. All the intricate joints, woodworking detail, posts, and ceiling lattice were prepared and assembled with magnificent accuracy, authenticity, and craftsmanship.
Chancellor Kusuo Hitomi thoughtfully named Showa’s Tea House “Sanzashi-An”. This translates to “Mayflower Hut”.

“Japanese gardens possess a unique beauty derived from the combination and synthesis of various elements. There is a compositional beauty derived from a blending of natural plantings, sand, water, and rock, made unique by the natural beauty of Japan’s landscape, seasonal change, and a symbolic beauty arising from the expression of Shinto beliefs and Buddhist intellectual conventions.” (JAPAN – An Illustrated Encyclopedia, Kodansha)

The Japanese garden at Showa Boston was built in 1996. The garden was named “HoNanEn” by the late Chancellor Kusuo Hitomi. The approximate translation of “HoNanEn” would be “Garden of sweet-smelling trees.” A colorful addition to the pond of “HoNanEn” is a group of about twenty Koi carp. They were raised by Dr. Hitomi on the Tokyo campus of Showa Women’s University and shipped to Boston.

Sanzashi-An Tea House
HoNanEn Japanese Garden
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