The traditional Japanese chashitsu (tea room) looks today much as it did over four hundred years ago, when Sen no Rikyu, the great master of the tea ceremony, established his preference for a small, tidy room for the practice of his discipline. Humble yet elegant, the chashitsu perfectly expresses the spare aestheticism and meditative spirit of the classical Japanese mind, and is inseparable from the experience of the Tea Ceremony.  Today, with surprising ease, the natural materials and unique architecture of an authentic chashitsu can be hand-crafted into your own home.