The Japanese have used tsukubai water basins for centuries to cleanse the hands and rinse the mouth before entering a shrine or temple, and before beginning the tea ceremony. This simple ritual is said to purify the mind for the transition into sacred space.
The faithful reproduction shown here brings the quiet joy of flowing water to both indoor and outdoor environments. A silent, hidden pump bubbles water gently to the surface, spilling it down the cleft ceramic fountain walls. Use the bamboo scoop for your own purifying ritual, or just for the pleasure of handling it.