Tamaki's wish to build a meditation hut was born more than 10 years
ago. After the Japan's 2011 tsunami caused by the earthquake off the
Pacific coast of Tōhoku
off Rokkakudō, a
famous hexagonal wooden retreat overlooking the sea in Ibaraki built in
Okakura Tensin (a scholar and critic of art), she came to want to build
hexagonal hut for its memory. But as it was found too costy, she gave
to build a square-shaped hut, she started collecting donations on her
birthday in June 2012.
Ronald Boin designed, researched, and built solely on his own, first up
to making the frame an roof, then leaving it for about one yeat. In
January 2016 he restarted to complete it. Until the end of April 2016,
he worked alone almost every day as an achitect, builder carpenter,
electrician, etc, etc.
in order to attend the 30th anniversary's three week programmes, the
three musketeers (Pedro from Portugal, Mark and Craig from Australia)
arrived and assisted at every lunch break between daily lessons.
Mizue's dream of a hexagonal hut did not
come true, but as its symbol, a hexagonal green ceiling lamp shade is
hanging at the central point. This is Mizue's art work. There is a tokonoma (a
buit-in recessed space), where Mizue's pottery basin is put to
light a candle and a kakejiku (a hanging scroll) calligraphed by a
famous monk is hung. On the wall adjacent to the tokonoma hangs a
beautiful piece of wood curved and sculpted with Japanese writing '清風'
(to be pronounced as 'sei-fu', meaning 'pure wind'). This was given to
Mizue by Moto-san, a taiko=drum performer and great artist on her visit
to his farm dojo after an Australian Okido camp.
tatami mats are laid surrounded by wooden parts and
five wine-coloured meditation cushions are on the mats. From a large
where hang green curtains made from donated cloth by Anna and Marion,
overlook a garden with a small pond and Mt.Fuji-like mound. Some others
helped bit by bit during the three week seminars.
mediation hut was born not only
through Mizue’s never-given-up intention and Ronald’s
dedicated work, but also
owing to heart-felt donations of money, materials and labour from many