茶の湯 in サンフランシスコ ・ Japanese Tea Ceremony を San Franciscoで

表千家四方社中の茶の湯ブログ Japanese Tea Ceremony Blog for Shikata Shachu – Omotesenke

2月の勉強会[その1]・February Study Session[Part 1]

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2月第1土曜日は勉強会の日でした。「1月にお稽古したお点前のおさらい」大会みたいになりました。

The first Saturday of February was our “Study Session.”  It turned out to be like a “Review Session” of the otema’e we practiced in January.

(1) 組合点(濃茶)・運び(濃茶)/Kumi’awasedate (Ko’icha)・Hakobi (Ko’icha)

当初は茶筅飾りの予定だったのですが、組合点を先週したことから「どうせここまでやるのなら」、ということで組合点をすることになりました。(ほとんど手順が同じで組合点の方が少しステップが増えるだけ。)

Initially the plan was to do chasen-kazari.  But since we learned kumi’awasedate last week we decided to practice kumi’awasedate instead.  (After all, the otema’e is almost identical, and kumi’awasedate adds only a few extra steps.)

そろそろ一年が過ぎ薄茶を卒業して濃茶を始めた生徒さんは運び(濃茶)をおさらいしました。中蓋などありますので炉で濃茶を始めるのは煩雑ですが、逆に言うと風炉になってからは楽楽ということでしょうか。

The student who has been with us for about a year is now graduating usucha and is beginning go learn the hakobi ko’icha otema’e, which was reviewed at the Study Session.  Ko’icha in the ro season is a bit more complicated as it involves nakabuta, etc. – but once the furo season comes, it’s going to be easy going….

淡海ぜぜ陽炎園作 膳所焼肩衝茶入・円紋白虎朱雀錦仕覆
O’umi Zeze Kagero’u-en (maker), Zeze ware katatsuki cha’ire / En’mon-byakko-suzaku-nishiki shifuku

「円紋白虎朱雀」の紋様には朱色地に円紋が規則的に配置され、四聖獣(青龍・白虎・朱雀・玄武)の内、白虎と朱雀をその円紋の中に入れています。この紋様は、7~9世紀にかけて中国から正倉院に伝来しました。

The “en’mon-byakko-suzaku-nishiki” pattern involves circles laid out in order against dark red background.  In each circle, either the White Tiger (byakko) or the Phoenix (suzaku) is depicted.  The white tiger and the phoenix are part of the four sacred animals (or seijuu) – together with the Blue Dragon (seiryuu) and the Turtle/Snake (genbu).  This pattern came to Soushouin (the Imperial Treasure House in Nara, Japan) from China in the 7th – 9th century.

「青龍」は東を、「朱雀」は南を、「白虎」は西を、そして「玄武」は北をそれぞれ守護しています。

The Blue Dragon is the guardian of the East、the Phoenix the South, the White Tiger the West, and the Turtle/Snake the North.

(つづく)(To be continued)


赤膚焼蓋置
Akahada Ware Futa’oki

Key Words: Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony Class, Omotesenke, San Francisco
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