Monday, September 29, 2008

The $4 million tea room

A golden tea room made with over $4 million in real gold has been mesmerizing shoppers at the Yokohama Takashimaya department store in Yokohama City.

The tea room is a faithful, life-size reproduction of one used by the powerful feudal ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536–1598), who often consulted with famed tea master Sen no Rikyu on matters spiritual and military.

The tea room is made with $1 million in gold leaf and over $3 million in solid-gold cups and other accoutrements.

One shopper marveling at the gilded tea room commented, "I wonder what Hideyoshi thought of when he was sitting in there?"

What indeed. Perhaps he thought, "Hmm, do you think I got a little carried away?"

[Source: Yomiuri Online.]

—Mellow Monk

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