In the courtyard behind the tatami room...

In the courtyard behind the tatami room...

In modern homes, many rooms are decorated with wood flooring and carpeting, providing a modern aesthetic.

Keko, however, finds comfort and nostalgia in traditional Japanese rooms with tatami mats, sliding doors, and delicate shoji screens.

There is something undeniably peaceful about sipping tea in a tatami room while gazing out at a meticulously tended garden.

There is a warmth and friendliness that is hard to replicate elsewhere.

But let's take a closer look at the courtyard—a hidden sanctuary within the main store that's often overlooked by visitors. Here, amidst the tranquility, lie several captivating features worth exploring.


On the left side of the courtyard stands the Nuresagi Lantern, its graceful design reminiscent of a heron poised elegantly in a gentle drizzle.
This exquisite lantern adds a touch of elegance to the space, evoking a sense of tranquility and grace.


Adjacent to the lantern, a long, narrow stone catches the eye. Its shape resembles a ship gently floating on the Uji River, paying homage to the serene waters that meander through the region.

This subtle nod to nature adds depth and character to the courtyard, inviting contemplation and reflection.

As you explore further, you'll notice a striking piece of artwork adorning the wall of the detached room.

Aptly named "Dream," this artwork is crafted from reclaimed materials sourced from the historic Uji Bridge. It serves as a visual representation of the breathtaking scenery that unfolds along the banks of the Uji River a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that permeates the region.


But perhaps the most enchanting feature of the courtyard is the tsukubai—a traditional Japanese water basin. Here, the gentle melody of water droplets resonates within a buried jar, creating a soothing ambiance known as a suikinkutsu. This serene sound echoes throughout the space, imbuing it with a sense of calm and tranquility.

In a world where porches overlooking gardens have become increasingly rare, Keko cherishes the opportunity to experience such timeless beauty.

These moments, where time seems to stand still, offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life—an invitation to slow down, unwind, and reconnect with the beauty of nature.

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