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

四海波静・Peaceful Four Oceans

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干菓子器
Dry sweets tray

山中塗前端雅峰作・而妙斎宗匠花押入り – 北加支部40周年記念品 (2010)
Yamanaka lacquer ware by Gaho Maehata with the current 14th Grand Master’s (Jimyo’u-sa’i) signature (Kao’u)
– Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Northern California Region in 2010

「四海波静」(しかいなみしずか)とは、「天下がよく治まって泰平である」という意味があるそうです。アメリカに住む日系人にとっても特に意味の深いお言葉です。

「四海波静」(shikai nami shizuka), which literally means: “The waves are calm in four seas.”  What it means to say is that the world is under harmonious governance and in peace.  These words are also especially poignant for Americans of Japanese descent.

「高砂や」に始まる謡は婚礼における祝言歌の定番でもありますが、能「高砂」には「四海波静」で始まる段もあります。

Chanting that begins with “Oh, Takasago!” (Takasago ya!) is one of perennial favorites as a celebratory song at weddings.  In the Noh play “Takasago” there is also a stanza that begins with “Shikai nami shizuka.

四海波静かにて.國も治まる時つ風。枝をならさぬ御代なれや。あいに相生の。松こそ目出たかりけれ。げにやあおぎても.こともおろかやかかる世に。すめる民とて豊かなる。君の恵みは有難や。君の恵みはありがたや。

四海の波は静かで、天下泰平の御代である。めでたい相生の松のように皆が仲良く暮らせるのは、 ひとえに帝のすばらしい御治世のおかげである。我らにとって、わが君の深い恵みは何ともありがたい。わが君の恵みのなんとありがたいことだろう。

The four oceans surrounding this land is peaceful. We live in a peaceful and stable land. It is all thanks to the wonderful reign of Emperor that we all can live harmoniously like the celebrated
Paired Pines. For us all, the generous blessings of our sovereign are truly appreciated. How grateful his blessings!

【参考・References】

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/高砂_(能)

http://www.the-noh.com/jp/plays/data/program_015.html

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