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Chado (Chanoyu II) Japanese Tea House

by musiquefille Posted 18th Oct 2007 at 8:40 PM - Updated 7th Jan 2009 at 5:39 AM by musiquefille : fixing typos/links/pics
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I'm back as promised with another Japanese Tea House. This one is great for those with Bon Voyage that would like a taste of the Far East without going on a vacation. It is made in the same style as my last one, however, requires far less custom content because BV has provided a good deal of it. For those of you who do not have BV installed, please see my first lot. It is residential:

Chanoyu - A Japanese Tea House

Chanoyu (or chado as the characters show in the picture below) means "the way of tea" in Japanese. The art of the tea ceremony is a Zen buddhist practice that is thought by many to bring together the all cultural aspects that are seen as distinctly Japanese. These aspects include the art of tea, the architecture of the tea house, the art of calligraphy, ikebana the art of flower arranging, and meditation to name a few. Traditionally, a zen buddhist tea house mixes elements of the old and the new in order to stress the unpredictability and temporality of life. Windows and walls are asymmetrical and do not line up in ways usually seen as "perfect" in architecture. This is to keep the eye from knowing exactly what will happen next.

Learn more about the Japanese Tea Ceremony

While this tea house is not exactly traditional, I have tried to keep as many of the traditions I could in a Sims context. There are some subtle Shinto aspects as well (the Maxis-provided V's on top are reminiscent of Ise Shrine . The main house is the tea house and the smaller house is the unisex restroom. There is a lake, a small shrine and a garden to rake. There is also a second story on the tea house, which is empty so I did not provide an image for it. There is accidentally a dresser inside the tea room, please change this to a dressing room so you can have your sims change into their kimonos before they start the tea ceremony. I used the BV tea table because it allows sims to sit on cushions on the floor, though it is not accurately the way the tea ceremony would be performed in the taoist/zen Buddhist tradition.

Lot Size: 4x3
Lot Price: ~60,000

Suggested Custom Content:
For those of you who want even more Japanese goodies, check out my other lot as it has quite a bit of custom content. The creators below are to be thanked for that.

Custom Content Included:
- by suigetu
- by suigetu
- Moss Walk by Skye
- Cokebuilder by CokeBuilder
- Takegaki by reica15
- Tsukubai (purification fountain) by reica15
- small upper wall by Sim People and Me
- Tokonoma by Sim People and Me
- wooden pillar (deco) by Sim People and Me
- antique Japanese cherry wood panels by Sim People and Me
- antique Japanese cherry wood panels by Sim People and Me

Additional Credits:
I would like to thank Sim People and Me for the amazing creations on
I would also like to thank Mijutaro for his fabulous kimono's which inspired much of my Japanese neighborhood.
Lastly, I would like to thank Maxis/EA for actually creating some of my most wanted items of Japanese culture and for mostly naming them correctly.
Thank you to everyone who helped me make this in one way or another!

Terms of Use:
Have fun. Post stories here of interesting things that go on in your tea house if you so wish. I'd love to know. If you use this lot for a movie or anything else interesting, credit is not necessary but appreciated. Link here so that people can see where you got the lot from. If you like this lot, let me know. If not, let me know why.

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Fully Furnished

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Chanoyu II.rar

Size: 1.20 MB · Downloads: 5,630 · 18th Oct 2007
1.20 MB 5,630 18th Oct 2007
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#2 Old 20th Oct 2007 at 9:39 AM
I love it. It´s quaint and sweet. Thanks,
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#3 Old 22nd Oct 2007 at 4:28 AM
Beautiful teahouse!

Thanks for sharing it, love the detail on the roof.

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#4 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 10:55 AM
I love it! It's so Japanese!

Anybody who can make a Yoon Eun Hye Sim?
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#5 Old 6th Nov 2007 at 5:57 PM
Wow love it Thanks!

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Test Subject
#6 Old 16th Aug 2008 at 1:10 AM
It's awsome! I love the traditional design of it, but one question. How do you get that platform floor in the interior? I just can't figure that out, haha.
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#7 Old 18th Aug 2008 at 4:05 AM
The platform is the "stage" build tool that came with Open For Business.

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#8 Old 16th Feb 2009 at 5:37 AM
Gods...I finally can download your stuff now i'm happy...
Well...truth is I always COULD download your stuff...
...but not play them at all !!! D':


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#9 Old 20th Feb 2009 at 12:42 AM
Originally Posted by Kingfool
Gods...I finally can download your stuff now i'm happy...
Well...truth is I always COULD download your stuff...
...but not play them at all !!! D':


After such a long waiting period, I hope you enjoy the lot! That reminds me, I haven't played with any of my Japanese sims in a long time.

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#10 Old 15th Sep 2011 at 3:54 PM
How did I miss this lot. Bravo!!! Thanks for sharing, very easy to play.