1月17日のお稽古・Lesson on Jan. 17
This week we are using yoho’udana again.
(1)長緒・四方棚: Naga’o with Yoho’udana
With naga’o, a flat (and large) cha’ire is used, such as “o’imatsu” or “ta’ika’i.” Today we used o’imatsu (which literally means “old pine”). It is said that when an old pine tree died near the “Tai-an” tea house at the “Myohki-an” temple, Kakukaku Sai (the 6th grand master) made wood from that tree into cha’ire. The finish is called “tamenuri” (a lacquer technique to apply clear lacquer over the base layer). It has a flat, wooden lid that is split and hinged in the middle.
By the way, we usually refer to it as “o’imatsu” – but strictly speaking, only the original can be the O’imatsu, and everything else is a copy. Last summer during his visit to San Francisco, H sosho’u sensei called out that point (“This is a COPY of the O’imatsu, not the O’imatsu itself.”), commenting on the exchanges made between the first guest and the host during the Naga’o lesson. The shifuku pattern is “Takara Kando’u” (checker with treasures).
Yoho’udana has square top and bottom shelves with two columns. It is said that it was originally created by reducing the size of “da’isu” (a large shelf) in half. The top shelf is larger than the bottom shelf. The “Rikyu’s favorite” style is large and in unfinished paulownia wood with 90-degree corners. Due to its size, it is used only with “ro,” but smaller versions are used with both “ro” and “furo.” The type we used in our lesson is a copy of the “Sokuchu Sai’s favorite” finished in lacquer (tame tumakurenuri). (Sokuchu sai was the 13th grand master.)
Matsuku’izuru Mon Higashibon
(Pine-eating-crane pattern dry sweets tray)
Key Words: Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony Class, Omotesenke, San Francisco