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

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新江戸川公園・Shin-Edogawa Park



Right next to E’ise’i Bunko is Shin-Edogawa Park.


The garden was originally part of the Hosokawa residence.  The city of Tokyo purchased it in 1960, and the following year it opened as a park.  Bunkyo’u Ward manages the property today.  The park centers around the Japanese garden in the style of “kaiyu’u sensui,” taking advantage of spring water abundantly available in the area.


The “kaiyu’u” style is a type of Japanese garden designed to be viewed by walking around (= 回遊)(kaiyu’u).  A pond (= 泉水)(sensui) is centrally located, and a path goes all the way around it.  Along the path, mounds, islands in the pond, bridges, rocks and the like are placed to replicate great vistas from different places.


The river that flows before the garden is now called Kanda River.  However, until 1965 when the River Laws were updated, it was called Edo River (= Edogawa), contributing to the name of the park today.






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永青文庫・E’ise’i Bunko

IMG_2464永青文庫・E’ise’i Bunko


E’ise’i Bunko is a museum located in Bunkyo’u Ward of Tokyo.  The museum houses and exhibits artworks and historical records, among others, that have been in the Hosokawa family, which was the lord of the the former Kumamoto Province.  Recently the “Discovery Museum” at Haneda Airport has begun displaying artifacts from E’ise’i Bunko.


羽田空港ディスカバリーミュージアム・Discovery Museum at Haneda Airport


E’ise’i Bunko was established in 1950 by the 16th head of the Hosokawa family, Moritatsu Hosokawa (1883-1970).  The museum is at the site of the former Hosokawa residence, and was built as an administration building for the family in the early Showa Period.  The name of the museum “E’ise’i” comes from “e’i” (永) of Sho’uden E’igen-in (正伝源院), a satellite temple of Ken’nin-ji in Kyoto, which is the family’s patron temple, and “se’i” (青) of Se’iryu’u-ji Castle (龍寺城), which was the residence castle for Fujitaka, father of Sansa’i (Tadaoki).


The museum stands in a quiet residential neighborhood of Mejiroda’i, and is near Sekiguchi Basho’u-an (one of the former residences of Basho’u Matsuo) and Chinzan-so (a hotel known for its garden).  Shin-Edogawa Ko’u’en (New Edogawa Park) was created by the City of Tokyo by purchasing the Hosokawa residence’s garden in 1960.  It opened as a park the following year.

2009年にはサンフランシスコのアジア芸術美術館にて、永青文庫から約160点の美術品で構成された「侍の殿様達」(Lords of the Samurai)という特別展が開かれました。

In 2009, San Francisco Asian Art Museum hosted a special exhibit called “Lords of the Samurai.”  Some 160 artworks from E’ise’i Bunko were displayed.









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七種蓋置のまとめ・Seven Futa’oki Wrapup


With the recent posting on mitsuba (three leaves) futa’oki, we conclude our coverage of all seven types.  Here is a complete list.

三人形 ・Mitsuningyo’u (Three Dolls)

五徳 ・Gotoku

火屋香炉 ・Hoya Ko’uro (Incense Burner)

一閑人・Ikkanjin (One Idle Man)


蟹 ・Kani (Crab)

三つ葉・Mitsuba (Three leaves)