I heard that one of the characteristics of tea rooms favored by Oribe is that they have many windows. Rikyu preferred darkness. In contrast, Oribe added many windows to bring in light from outside in abundance with an idea toward assisting viewing of utensils. There is a window inside the alcove known as “Oribe mado” (Oribe window). Other windows scattered around in the tea room – at the host’s tema’e area, as well as in the ceiling – create a sense of openness.
Also, shadows cast on closed screens, outside landscapes seen through open screens – they all add to the enjoyment of passing seasons.
“Roteki-an” at Jo’udo-ji in Onomichi is one example of such a tea room. I happened to see photographs of its interior, a few of which are borrowed here.
The World According to Oribe Furuta
by Harumasa Miyashita
Miyaobi Publishing 2014