A view of the ceremonial Japanese tea room

Japan House

Thanks to the generosity of the state of Florida and many friends and partners, the Japan House has become a reality on the University of West Florida campus. Our goal is to foster stronger ties between the U.S. and Japan through educational, cultural and business programs.


Gambrell Preparing Tea
"Sado" or Tea Ceremony

The Japan House is located in Building 71 on the main campus of the University of West Florida. It features an authentic tea room in the tradition of urasenke and an authentic Japanese “tatami” room built with materials brought from Japan. The mission of the Japan House is to provide opportunities for the community to experience and appreciate Japanese culture and history. 

The Japan House features displays of artifacts collected from Japan. Ongoing workshops and activities are held regularly for those who seek to enjoy Japanese culture and meet with others. These workshops and activities include “sado” (tea ceremony), origami, bonsai, meditation, ukiyoe, calligraphy, kendo, Japanese sword authentication, among others.