On 19th October 2004 chashitsu (lit. ‘tea room’) – a tea pavilion was opened in the University of Warsaw Library. It was generously donated to the Japanese Studies Department in the Faculty of Oriental Studies University by the Kyoei Steel Company from Osaka. 



The tea pavilion is a real masterpiece, it is a magnificient example of Japanese traditional architecture, the only object of its type in Poland, and, after England, the second in europe. Designed according to the Japanese traditional building the pavilion was constructed by the Japanese expert craftsmen (carpenters, plasterer and gardener).  Original Japanese materials have been used – cedar wood, paper, clay. All the materials for building the pavilion were brought from Japan.


The tea pavilion is situated on level 2 in the Library. It consists of two ceremonial rooms (hiroma and koma) and a preparation room (mizuya), where the tea utensils are stored. The interior is of a very simple design – cider wood and rice mats. Next to the pavilion there is a small garden (roji) divided into an outside part (soto roji) also called the stone garden and an inside part (uchi roji).


 Chashitsu serves the students of Faculty of Oriental Studies UW as well as other visitors interested in Japanese culture. It brings a piece of Japan to Poland and allows to understand the 600-year-old traditional Japanese ‘way of tea’ – in Europe known as the ‘tea ceremony’. It aims to popularize Japanese culture at the University of Warsaw and in brand social circles. From time to time workshops of ‘tea ceremony’ are organized by the Japanese Department which is the curator of the pavilion.