Newspaper Examines Hidden Campus Treasure: A Japanese Tea House

February 19, 2013
John Holman views tea house in Humanities Building
Retired facilities manager John Holman views Japanese tea house tucked away in the Humanities Building. Photo by Virginia Tieman, Golden Gate Xpress.

A campus newspaper article reveals that a treasure--an authentic Japanese teahouse--is hidden away in a nondescript classroom in the Humanities Building.

The Feb. 13, 2013 article was written by Ellie Loarca, a student reporter with Golden Gate Xpress, and it is accompanied by photographs by Virginia Tieman. The story is based on an interview with John Holman, recently retired facilities manager, who took charge of the tea house when it was donated by Adachi Industry in 1992.

The tea house was put on display for one day of celebration, then stored in the basement of the library until it could be set up in a classroom in the Humanities Building. Now the Japanese Language and Literature Program uses the tea house to instruct undergraduates on Japanese architecture and culture and for Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations given by Prof. Midori McKeon.

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