Kyoto City has decided to open its "Cha-shitsu," or tea ceremony room, to the general public. The room was built during the renovation of the main city hall building, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, in 2021. The city plans to hold a "Cha-kai," or tea ceremony, this fall with citizen participation as part of its cultural promotion efforts on the occasion of the relocation of the Agency for Cultural Affairs to Kyoto. Although the tea ceremony room was built in the midst of financial difficulties, no tea ceremony has been held, and some have criticized it as "a waste of money." Now it will finally be put to full use.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.