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Chanoyu Japanese Tea House

by musiquefille Posted 12th Apr 2007 at 3:42 AM - Updated 24th Oct 2009 at 12:19 AM by musiquefille : addition
17 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
**UPDATE: I have created another version of this lot for Bon Voyage. It is quite different. Check it out! **

Chanoyu means "hot water for 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.

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 main house is the tea house and the smaller house is the caretaker or priest's quarters. There is an empty area which, in my personal game, I use for a small orchard. This is left empty so that you can choose what to place there.

Interior of Host's quarters:

Lot Size: 4x4
Lot Price: 48,148

Ceilings Not Included They can be found here.

Custom Content Included:
- red mossy japanese roof by Mia86
- made by NofrenaWood for  by NofrenaWoof for Sims 2
- Marina's Sims  by Marina's Sims
- Ikono Dining Table by Crockery Hall by LS ShakelySet
- Tatami Mats (horiz) by suigetu
- Tatami Mats (vert) by suigetu
- Pink Sakura Blossom Tree by sakura_chan
- Hibachi Stove by Sim People and Me
- Japanese modern Bookshelf by Sim People and Me
- Kagamimochi by Sim People and Me
- kakejiku painting by Sim People and Me
- Shimekazari by Sim People and Me
- small upper wall by Sim People and Me
- Vase by Sim People and Me
- Tatami single bed by Sim People and Me
- Japanese tea set by Sim People and Me
- Tokonoma by Sim People and Me
- Syouji Window by Sim People and Me
- wooden pillar (deco) by Sim People and Me
- Zabuton cushion by Sim People and Me
- Recolor of Zabuton by Sim People and Me
- White Sakura Blossom Tree by sakura_chan
- Sims Islands by Hanako_mijutaro_Floor4_Tatami_3_Length  by mijutaro
- Sims Islands by Hanako_mijutaro_Floor4_Tatami_3_Width  by mijutaro
- Sewage Brothers Resteze Toilet by Taroo
- "Garden Fresh" Pedestal Sink by Taroo
- UK1967_Medival_Stool_1 by UK1967
- Revel in the understated elegance of these antique Japanese cherry wood panels.  by Sim People and Me
- Revel in the understated elegance of these antique Japanese cherry wood panels.  by Sim People and Me
- 1910 Wall Phone by -Maylin-
- 1910 Wall Phone Recolor by -Maylin-
- 1910 Wall Phone Recolor by -Maylin-
- slot_accessoryphonewallhandset_ring_fx by -Maylin-

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.
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.
Tags: #japanese, #tea, #traditional, #asian

Number of bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
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 Tea House.rar

Size: 3.26 MB · Downloads: 5,655 · 12th Apr 2007
3.26 MB 5,655 12th Apr 2007
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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
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17 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 16 Feedback Posts
#2 Old 15th Apr 2007 at 7:12 PM
Very nice interior! Perfect for my Japanese neighborhood! Thanks!
Mad Poster
#3 Old 15th Apr 2007 at 7:30 PM
It looks very beautiful! Thank you.
Mad Poster
#4 Old 15th Apr 2007 at 8:45 PM
Really nice and realistic, thank you so much

You know a site allowing re-upload of free build/buy stuff in lots ? Help us to update the list !

* Plus j'échoue plus je m'approche de la réussite
* The more I fail the more I approach the success

(Lao patul MMVI AD)
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 15th Apr 2007 at 9:45 PM
this is very beautiful. I can't wait to put it in my japanese neighborhood, once I get my game working again.
#6 Old 16th Apr 2007 at 6:24 AM
I visited one of these with my friends. I think this version is perfect to what I saw in Japan!

Before we entered, we had to wash our hands and face with this icy-cold water in a small flowing fountain outside. I can't remember what it was called, but it was COLD.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#7 Old 16th Apr 2007 at 7:49 AM
yes, i believe there is a bucket as well as a fountain outside of this tea house in order to purify in the same way. you can't see it in the pictures but there is also the stove in the center of the room for heating the tea water. glad you are all enjoying!
Test Subject
#8 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 12:26 AM
This is probably one of the most realistic Japanese lots I've ever seen!
Test Subject
#9 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 6:11 PM
It's gorgeous... Like I don't think I've seen a lot that could compare to this one as far as the Japanese category or Tea Houses go. I just have one question: where can I find the ceiling? x.x
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#10 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 10:30 PM
You can find ceilings here:
Test Subject
#11 Old 4th Jul 2007 at 8:55 AM
i am so in aw of your creation, it is so beautiful i had to keep from crying when i first saw it. i tried going to that Sim People and Me site. i am learning Japanese but i have no clue as to what it says or what kind of site it is other than it has beautiful things that i want in my game. would it be to much to ask how to navigate through that wonderful site?
Test Subject
#12 Old 7th Jul 2007 at 5:20 PM
It looks kool but...

I can't get it :'(
Plz make a zip version of it PLZ

Shadows are there to be feared
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#13 Old 8th Jul 2007 at 6:47 PM Last edited by musiquefille : 9th Jul 2007 at 3:25 AM.
Sorry, I only work in RARs, as do most creators here. Forum rules state that creators can only post one type of file, not 2 versions of the same fie.

Here are instructions on how to extract RARs:

Otherwise, use Q express to get the files and extract them for you. Enjoy!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#14 Old 8th Jul 2007 at 6:52 PM
Thanks KimSimAsilin! That was a really lovely thing to hear. I'm really glad you liked it. As for the Sim People and Me site, just click "Downloads" on the left bar. Then on the top where it says the sims 2, pick a category of downloads, for example "furniture", and then click the thumbnail for the files you want to download. Once the new page opens, I think you can download by clicking the links in English under the picture. Good luck!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#15 Old 30th Jul 2007 at 11:21 PM
Hope everyone's rearing up for Bon Voyage, because as soon as it comes out, sims will actually be able to use this tea house for actual tea ceremonies, with a few changes to the furniture:,475/catid,12/ Check out these screenshots!
Test Subject
#16 Old 10th Aug 2007 at 11:10 PM
I LOVE IT!! Amazing - I've gone into this whole Japanese thing so thanks for fuelling my obsession (its a compliment)

(Don't know if this applies to anyone else, but when I tried to find the objects in the catalogue or eyedrop it, it came out as another object. Not a problem just solved it by downloading the items manually.)

To learn more about me go HERE

Field Researcher
#17 Old 16th Sep 2007 at 7:25 PM
I love this! Absolutely amazing! Arigato
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#18 Old 18th Oct 2007 at 9:04 PM Last edited by musiquefille : 19th Oct 2007 at 3:02 PM.
Thanks for all the praise everyone.

**UPDATE: I have created another version of this lot for Bon Voyage. It is quite different, so you can easily have both in your game. Check it out! **