The Garden Guide

Sen No Rikyu,

Born - Died : 1522 - 1591

The greatest tea master of the Momoyama period, emphasising the spiritual quality of the ceremony (rather than its grandeur). This influenced the 'dewy path' (roji) style of Japanese garden design. It received this name because of the 'dewy ground' surrounding the tea house used by scholars as a retreat. This led to a greater degree of simplicity in garden design and also to the introduction of stepping stones, stone lanterns and stone basins, all used in conjunction with the tea ceremony.