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Itadori Teahouse

Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria Japonica), Bush Honeysuckle (Lonerica Mackii)

The Soil Factory, Ithaca NY

July 2023

The Tea Ceremony:

Japanese knotweed is a plant that grows globally in degraded landscapes, altering ecological and economic systems. Pictured here, knotweed is woven into the form of a squat toilet. Within this meditative vessel complete with running water, Adam served an itadori tea.

The scatological dialectics of the eastern squat toilet, and the ideological transmission and normalizing of western seat toilets:

http://jominken.kanagawa-u.ac.jp/en/research/Toilet/

The preparation of itadori as medicinal tea:

https://www.phillyorchards.org/2020/04/22/japanese-knotweed-edible-medicinal-invasive/

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