Passages in the sleek Toko-an bask in varying shades of light and lead to chambers of various sizes where tea is served together with greatly stylized Japanese sweets in shapes, textures, tastes and colors created to enrich the impression of harmony and emphasize an appreciation of nature, as seen in the following page. The culture of the tea ceremony requires guests to follow strictly prescribed movements. Quietude is cherished and meditation invited. Guests are requested to enter via tiny entryways originally meant to assure the sword-bearing samurai of olden times removed their weapons before entering. The individual tea cups used in the tea service are often works of art by acclaimed potters or of distinguished provenance. The cups are held in an elaborately dened, highly ritualized fashion and meant to be appreciated by both the drinker and those nearby.18

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