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Fabulous Blooming Tea At The En Tea House

Inside the TeamLab Borderless digital museum is the En Tea House, where you can watch your tea bloom before your eyes. It costs an extra ¥500, but it’s worth it!

Here’s how to get the most enjoyment and the best pix from your visit…

How to find it: Follow the signs upstairs to the Athletic Forest. It’s on the left, just past the gatekeeper who lectures you about proper footwear in the play area.

On the way to the reception desk, choose your tea from the menu – they have a nice variety, including herbal decaf options, both hot and cold. They’re all ¥500. I tried the cold yuzu-flavored green tea, and it was delish. Order and pay at the counter, then you’ll be ushered to seats in the dark tea room. Give your token to the server, and you’ll soon be served a clear glass bowl of frothy brew. As the bowl is set before you, a pinpoint will kindle on the surface of the tea and a bouquet will slowly unfold before you.

The blooming flowers are in soft focus because they’re projected on froth, not a hard surface, but they’re still beautiful

There are several varieties of bouquets, so be patient if you like your neighbor’s flowers better than your own. Your next one will be different.

As long as you leave your bowl on the table, flowers will bloom on the surface, but that’s all. You have to lift the bowl and drink (or at least lift the bowl) for them to break apart and whirl away, as if blown by a breeze.

Note: When you do take a sip, do it slowly and carefully so you don’t disturb the layer of bubbles on the surface. The flowers don’t show up on plain tea.

You can put the bowl down anywhere, and the new bouquet will find it.

Here’s what the whole experience looks like:

It’s kind of great to see the tea bowl next to you blooming too…
…in fact, as the bouquets fly apart on all the neighboring bowls, they fill the entire table with petals

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon

For three hundred years, a missing tea bowl passes from one fortune-seeker to the next, altering the lives of all who possess it…read more

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

17 thoughts on “Fabulous Blooming Tea At The En Tea House Leave a comment

      • I went to last year but it’s true that after a while you tend to go round and find yourself in the same rooms and it’s easy to miss. I’m going back this July
        I read they had created new rooms I can’t wait.

      • So glad that the year is clocking around to the season that makes it easier to do everything you love to do, my friend. And I’m good! Except sort of complaining, because this year everybody I know outside of Japan seems to be getting married during the spring and fall, so I’ll be in Tokyo in JULY aieeeeee. Expect several whiny posts about the heat + humidity, along with (I hope) some about lanterns floating on various bodies of water and fireworks. If life gives you July, make lemonade! heh.

      • Now I understand the need for SF. That has got to be a nicer summer than hot and humid anywhere! Can’t wait to see the posts, and lemonade! 😉

  1. You do manage to find the most amazing things. Alas, we are short on technology in this end of the woods, but making up for it in other ways. Hope you are well, my friend!

    • And you, as well! Although you don’t need no digital blooming flowers, because you can have gorgeous real ones in your tea every day. I see from your blog that you are thriving in every good way – what an excellent move you made, and I love how you embrace every new experience, no just the peak ones. heh.

      • I’m almost afraid to admit how much I love it here. I’ve never really connected with a place the way I have here. Maybe that’s just where my head is now, but it really makes me believe in following your instinct.

      • For some reason, WordPress isn’t allowing me to “like” any comments these days, so I’ll just say how great it is to see how happy you are, having followed your heart.

  2. So great Jonelle thank you for letting me know about this, I am planning on going there with my boyfriend this week. I hope Tokyo and life in general is treating you well xx

    • Whoa, you’re there right now? I’m so envious! I’ve got one more wedding to go to, then I’m on a plane to Tokyo (just in time for rainy/hot season aieeeee!)

      • Damn it looks like we missed each other. I hope one day we can have a coffee or a beer together in Tokyo would be so cool. It’s pissing down here for the entire month, it seems like June is the worst month for rain. I think it gets better after that though, probably when you arrive right?

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