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Pauline founded The Japan Room to revive the salon atmosphere of eighteenth-century Europe from which speculative Freemasonry originated in combination with her friendship with Japan. She has many hobbies and interests. Pauline spends 2-3 months in Kyoto every year, usually during the spring and autumn. She is a volunteer for the Kyoto City International Foundation/Kyoto International Community House. Pauline is a Trustee of The Japan Society. www.japansociety.org.uk
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Shu Sui Tei – Pauline Chakmakjian, MA
Located at the more south-westerly part of the Kyoto-gyoen is the lovely Shu Sui Tei that was a villa
and tea ceremony room of the noble Kujo family. It was built around the late Edo period and is
approximately two hundred years old. Shu Sui Tei is open to the public but not everyday. It would be
wise to take the opportunity to rest in its spaces if the chance to visit it is made available because the
ambience is unbelievably soothing. Magatamanoike, also known as Kujoike is the pond adjacent to its
two-story structure. The name Magatama is a reference to the comma-like shape of the pond and
the name Kujo is obviously a reference in memory to the Kujo family.
From the building, one can look out to the pond to contemplate the beauty of the scene, the many koi,
pairs of ducks, turtles on rocks and sometimes a solitary crane decorating the view. Also, the sound
of the bell rung for prayer from the visible little shrine can be heard across the pond with a bridge serving
as a backdrop often populated by strollers and cyclists going across, sometimes stopping temporarily to
admire their surroundings.
Shu Sui Tei is built using both shoin-style and sukiya-style construction techniques. Its first floor contains
a large tea room, a small tea room and an anteroom. The second floor contains one shoin-syle room.
In previous times, the building would be mainly used for tea ceremony to entertain guests as well as
conducting poetry-writing parties. It is gorgeous on any sunny day, but especially stunning in the autumn.
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