Tatami is deeply embedded within Japan’s traditional culture of “Chado – the Way of Tea”.
The alignment of the tatami in the tea room varies according to the Tea Tradition of the School of Tea, and details such as the placement of the hearth are finely calibrated.
The basic size of the tea room is four and a half mats. However, in some cases two, three or even six or eight mats are used.
The location of the hearth is determined according to the tokonoma (or alcove), the host’s entrance and the guest’s entrance (the nijiriguchi or crawl door). So, the name of the individual tatami mats change accordingly.
Below, we introduce examples of installations of tatami in tea rooms.