Finding Japan in Germany!: A German tea enthusiast who built a tea room right inside his flat!

"A report on Japanese culture found in Germany" - In this article TJ writer wasabi, currently in Berlin, is interviewing people she found who are associated with Japan and its culture. This time she visited an artist who is passionate for tea and built a tea room inside his flat!

Martin Kramer   Culture,

Martin Kramer

The tea room

The tea room

It’s almost a museum! Amazing collections that are more than just a hobby.

The world of tea ceremony is really profound. Some enthusiastically collect expensive tea ware or are picky about the matcha they use for tea ceremony.I met one real tea enthusiast among these passionate kinds of people, who built a tea room right in his flat! His name is Martin. I was invited to his tea ceremony to see his amazing tea room!

Tea ware

As soon as I entered his flat, I saw the many pieces of tea ware on the wall. I instantly saw that he has a real passion for it. Surprisingly, most of the tea ware was made by him. “It’s my serious hobby”, he says, but I must say it’s more than just a hobby after seeing two big kilns in his kitchen!

A scroll

An Andon

Have you ever experienced tea ceremony in a tearoom built inside a house?

After viewing his flat, he showed me his tearoom. Once the door opened, there was an ‘official’ tearoom inside. I was so impressed by this unusual scenery, because it’s very rare to see a house, built inside a house. His passion poured into each item with things like the garden or ‘Chozusha,’ which is very detailed. He says he carefully selected the material for tearoom and explained everything to me in detail along with the history of tea. He is so familiar with the history of art and it was so pleasant to listen to his lecture. Tea ceremony began after the lecture. I entered into the tea room through this small entrance. There was infinite beauty inside the room and it was just like another world.

The entrance to the tearoom

“Tea ceremony used to be a culture where samurai would communicate with each other. The thought of Samurai preparing for war and enjoying a cup of tea is momentary beauty. It’s all about here and now and this is just another reason why tea ceremony has been largely accepted in Germany.”

I realized how I didn’t have much time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea with all my heart. When you stop and take time out of your busy life, you can get creative and reinvigorated. It was so nice to sit and only think about tea. Thank you Martin, I appreciate your hospitality!

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Writer / Translator

I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!