Jugetsudo Tea House
Our 170-year history
Maruyama Nori was founded in 1854–at the end of the Edo period–in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo and carried out the wholesale trade of dried seaweed. Our founder, Hikobei Tsushima, established the firm under the name of Kawaguchiya, bringing us to the beginning of the history of our company.
In those days, nori seaweed was kept in ceramic jars. Our founder, Hikobei Tsushima, introduced the white-iron box, which was the packing used for imported Chinese products. He improved these boxes in order to better adapt them for the preservation and transportation of nori seaweed. The ambitious and enterprising spirit of our founder is still present today at Maruyama Nori. We are proud when we see that our nori seaweed, chosen with the greatest care, is the favorite choice of some three thousand sushi bars, as well as many other professionals from the food sector in Japan. As for example, “Sukiyabashi Jiro” which received 3 stars in the Michelin Guide Tokyo, as well as 10 of the 15 sushi shops that received stars as well, are using our products.
Jugetsudo Tea house
Since 1980 we have also been supplying superior quality tea under the brand name of Jugetsudo. Inheritor of 170 years of tradition, and uncompromising on product quality, we would like to convey to our customers by means of tea and nori, the particular spirit of Japanese cuisine, authentic values and delicate flavors.
From ancient times, the Japanese have been attuned to the worship of nature, knowing how to savor its beauty, as for example, the view of the moon rising in the sky and glowing onto the mountain slope, reflecting in the water… While contemplating this backdrop, they would write poems and have tea, and present offerings to the full moon at harvest time… Jugetsudo means “the place from where one looks at the moon.” At the time of founding Jugetsudo, we had in mind this sentiment towards nature–so particular to the Japanese heart–of deeply savoring the existence and the passing of the seasons. We would like this place to put into practice and transmit the art of Japanese tea.
The Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza store follows in the footsteps of the Paris store, and is also designed by Kengo Kuma.
The bamboo-fenced lounge is the perfect place for you to relax and enjoy tea, confectionaries, and light meals as well as our selection of wine.
Chuo-ku Tokyo, Japan 104-0061
Opening: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed Sundays and public holidays)
Tea room: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The store space, inspired by nodategasa, umbrellas used in outdoor tea ceremonies, symbolizes the spirit of chazen. Outdoor nodategasa ceremonies, said to have been initiated by Sen no Rikyû, emphasize hospitality rather than rigorous ceremony, and resonate perfectly with Jugetsudo's flexible spirit, which continues to keep chazen alive today.
Our other two boutiques - Paris & Ginza Kabuki-za - were also designed using bamboo as a material. However, for our Tsukiji space, we wanted to create an airy space evoking openness to the outdoors and the freshness of a nodate ceremony. In the bustling atmosphere of the Tsukiji quarter, bamboo waved from the walls and ceiling, spreading out like an umbrella to warmly envelop visitors. The store, without partitions, is an extension of the street, attracting the curious as if a real tea ceremony under an umbrella were taking place right before their eyes, offering a relaxing experience.
Tsukiji Kyoeikai Bldg. IF 4-7-5 Tsukiji
Chuo-ku Tokyo, Japan 104-0045
Opening: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Tea room: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
At Jugetsudo Paris, our customers can experience the essence of Chazen and Japanese culture through genuine aromatic teas.
In the basement tea room, we hold various cultural activities such as tea ceremonies, exhibitions, and sales of traditional crafts.
The Jugetsudo tea house
Saint-Germain-des-Prés 95, rue de Seine, Paris Ge
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Tea room: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Metro: Odéon or Mabillon
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 33 94 90
The house was constructed by a world-class architect, Kengo Kuma “I wanted to build a space reminiscent of a bamboo forest.
There is a different kind of air to a bamboo forest that divides the usual world, with a different kindof light.
For this kind of a special space, I placed a solid slate of Japanese cypress with no knots or gnarls.
Japanese cypress is a special kind of wood, and it was believed that items placed on such a counter would become smoother.
My intentions were to have people enjoy the taste of “nature” upon this counter. The basement is a stone tea room.
Tea will likely hint at yet another dimension, in the basement caverns of Paris”