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Miwa-an Teahouse

Miwa-an 三輪庵

Arbor of the Three Wheels

Johnson Museum of Art


   The Arbor of the Three Wheels is an experimental Japanese teahouse and tea garden built as a year-long installation (2003-2004). The curved walls, which are made of hand-woven dogwood and willow stems, create sections of three interlocking circles, thus the name. In Buddhist philosophy, the three wheels represent the interconnections between people: the Giver, the Receiver, and the That Which is Shared. Miwa-an was envisioned as a place where people could come together to

share things: ideas, lessons, or a cup of tea.


       Teahouse Project website

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