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茶入飾りは非効率?・Is cha’irekazari inefficient?

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久しぶりに「茶入飾り」のお稽古です。茶入が名物や由緒あるもののとき、お点前には使わず(中には茶も入れず)お床に飾るのだそうです。扱うときに使い袱紗の上に茶入を置いたり、左肘を畳について拝見したり、なるほど「名物」らしい考慮がされます。

We practiced cha’irekazari after a long while.  We heard that it is practiced when the cha’ire is an item of great distinction or history.  It is displayed at the tokonoma (alcove) without any tea power inside as the host does not intend to use it for making tea.  There are several steps taken worthy of such an item of distinction, for example – placing it on top of a tsukai-bukusa (purple or orange fukusa that everyone carries) when handling, lowering yourself by placing your left elbow on the tatami when viewing it.

所望のあった時点で床にある茶入を拝見に出さず、「後座の濃茶で使うのでその時にどうぞ」とするほうが理にかなっているとのご意見を以前どなたかのお話で聞いたことがありますが、これもいかがなものでしょうか。「後座にてその茶入で茶筅飾りの濃茶をしてもよい」と記述されている本もありました。ただお茶を入れてしまうと畳付など拝見しずらくなる部分もありますから、たとえ非効率としてもおもてなしを考えるとやはり所望のあった際拝見にお出しするのが良いのではないかとも思います。

Once before I heard someone express an opinion that it was more logical to decline a request to view cha’ire displayed in the alcove and advise the guest to view it when used for making koicha later.  I am not so sure about that….  I have also seen a book saying that it was acceptable to do chasenkazari later with that chaire.  But when tea powder is placed in cha’ire, it becomes more difficult to view certain areas of cha’ire, such as the bottom (tatamizuki).  In that regard, wouldn’t it be more hospitable and accommodating to present cha’ire for haiken when requested – even if it is inefficient?

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