Opening hours and events
15th Anniversary of the Suomenlinna Tea Room and Open Day
Tea room Tokuyûan celebrates its 15th anniversary by having open doors on June 2, 12-4 p.m.
During the open day students of the Japanese way of tea will practice preparing tea for guests, and you can join us for a short while, or a longer period of time, at any time during the day. For a small fee (10 e) you can enjoy thin tea (usucha), and a tea sweet, but you are also welcome to just visit the tea room and learn more about the way of tea, and the tea room, completely free of charge. You do not need to have any previous experience of the art of tea to enjoy tea or the atmosphere of the tea room.
The tea room located in a red-brick casement of the bastion Virtue at Suomenlinna is built on Finnish-Japanese cooperation. The Finnish-Japanese friendship society of the Kansai region in Japan, Kansai Japan-Finland Society decided to support building a tea room in Finland to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The practical arrangements of building the tea room were handled by the association of Finnish students of the Japanese way of tea, chadô, Chadô Urasenke Tankokai Finland Association, who also care for and manage the tea room even now. The association has been supported by the Japanese headquarters of the Urasenke school of the way of tea in Kioto. The tea room was inaugurated by Genshitsu Sen, PhD, on June 17, 2014, upon which occasion the tea room also received it’s name, Tokuyûan, the Abode of Virtue.