The Loose Park Japanese Tea Room and Garden, dedicated in July 2006, was conceived as a cultural exchange between the Sister Cities of Kurashaki, Japan and Kansas City, Missouri. The Tea Room is set in a traditional Japanese garden featuring a small ornamental fountain, large boulders, many shrubs and groundcovers with a pathway leading to the Tea Room. The small garden is a place for quiet meditation.
The Japanese Tea Room is a space designed for holding Japanese tea ceremonies. It is a ceremonial space available only for this traditional activity and not for other types of gatherings.
- The tea room can accommodate only four people; the host and three guests
- Those renting the room must have a Tea Master to use the room. If they do not have a Tea Master, one can be recommended for them. Tea Master fees are the responsibility of the host.
- The host is responsible for the tea room condition and the conduct of his/her guests.
- Any damage or cleaning will be charged to the host.
- Shoes must be removed before entering tea room. They may be left in the vestibule or the hallway.
- The tea room must be left in the same clean or better condition in which it is found.
- After tea, clean and dry all utensils and place them back in the same location they were originally.
- Turn out all lights and close and lock the doors.
- Return check list to the receptionist and go through it with her.
The Heart of America Japan-America Society‘s “Friends of the Japanese Tea Room and Garden” workgroup hosts monthly Saturday morning work sessions from March through November to assist Parks and Recreation and Loose Park staff in the cleanup and maintenance of the garden. For more information, please visit their website.