In Bunsei 5 (1882) a gateway was given to Omotesenke by the Tokugawa family of Kii Province which beacame Omotesenke's main gate. Although this is a gate for a samurai residence, the stern look of such a building has been softened so that it does not seem out of place as the gateway to the head house of a school of tea on Ogawa street.
The fences and buildings which one sees on the refreshing approach from the main gate to the entrance hall, do not look ceremonious but tranquil. It is full of the spirit of tea that has survived from long ago in the saying, 'It does not lie in an unusual style, nor in the scale of the building, it is expressed really skilfully and is inconspicuous'. The tradition from Rikyu's Jurakudai residence is still breathing here. Disciples from all over the country have come to see the buildings and gardens of the Iemoto and then incorporated their refinement into their own houses. In this way the Iemoto's buildings and gardens have played a great and deeply influential role in the development of the culture of housing in Japan.

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