Shoren-In Temple

“KOU-AN” Glass Teahouse Pavilion

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka presents ”KOU-AN” glass tea house, located high atop a Kyoto hillside at the captivating Shoren-in Temple, a historic masterpiece in itself, originally built in the Heian period in BC794-1192. The transparent, glass structure was originally presented as a Pavilion in 2011 at the Venice Biennale representing Japan.

Now in its temporary Kyoto location, it is a modern architectural contrast to the traditional Japanese temple behind, however “KOU-AN” encourages a new experience of further connection with Japanese philosophy, history and understanding of the surrounding landscape and nature. “KOU-AN” was brought to Kyoto in early 2015, and will remain temporarily until the foreseeable future, which sees it experiencing each season in Kyoto of winter, summer, autumn and spring. A must visit.

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Photos: Joanna Kawecki