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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関口芭蕉庵・Sekiguchi Basho’u-an



Sekiguchi Basho’u-an is a historic site located in the Sekiguchi neighborhood of Bunkyo’u Ward, Tokyo.  It is near E’ise’i Bunko, Shin-Edogawa Park、and Chinzan-so’u.



Basho’u Matsu’o agreed to work on a reconstruction project of the Kanda Aqueduct for 4 years (1677-1680).  During that time, he lived in a aqueduct guard station called “Ryu’u’in-an” (the Hidden Dragon Hut) near the work site.  In 1726, to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of his passing, “Basho’u-do’u” (the Basho’u Hall) was built at the site, enshrining statues of Basho’u and his disciples.  In 1750, a memorial called “Samidare-zuka” was built to remember Basho’u.  A poetry strip written by Basho’u himself were buried at the memorial.  Overtime “Ryu’u’in-an” came to be known as Sekiguchi Basho’u-an.



Original buildings have been lost to numerous fires, including those during World War II.  The buildings at the site today were rebuilt after the war.



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萩焼・Hagi Ware


萩焼茶碗・Hagi ware chawan


Hagi ware is a type of pottery made in the vicinity of the city of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture.  It started in the Edo Period as the Lord’s kiln of the Mo’uri clan that occupied the two feudal territories of Suo’u and Nagato.  But its history goes back even further.  When Hideyoshi Toyotomi shipped out to Korea, many feudal lords of the Western Japan brought back Korean potters to Japan.


Terumoto Mo’uri was a feudal lord who associated with Sen-no-rikyu and Oribe Furuta.  Upon Hideyoshi’s war on Korea (1592-), Hideyoshi declared that skilled potters should be encouraged to come to Japan.  Terumoto invited Li Shakuko’u, and later his brother Li Kei.  Terumoto, after being defeated in the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), he migrated from Hiroshima in the territory of Agi to Hagi in the territory of Nagato, where the Li brothers started the the province’s official kiln in the village of Matsumoto.


As they say: “First, Raku, second, Hagi, third, Karatsu.”  Hagi ware is one of the three types of pottery said to be most beloved by tea practitioners.  The surface of the glaze crackles (known as “kan’nyu“), and after years of use, it “changes seven times” (“nanabake”).  That’s because tea seeps through the crackles and changes the colors of the surface.

萩焼皮鯨刷毛目茶碗・Hagi ware chawan with black rim (kawakujira) and brush stroke (hakeme) designs


萩焼会館: http://www.hagiyaki-kaikan.com/

Hagi Ware (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagi_ware

萩焼(ウィキペディア): http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/萩焼



Originally published June 4, 2014

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畠山記念館・Hatakeyama Memorial Museum



If you are into tea utensils, you probably know about Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art in Tokyo.


The founder, Isse’i Hatakeyama (1881―1971), was a descendant of the Hatakeyama family, the feudal lord of Noto Province.  While managing his company, Ebara Corporation, he called himself “Soku’o’u (即翁)” and pursued classical interests, such as noh and chanoyu.  To show his art collection, he opened the museum in its current location in October 1964.



I have been there a few times.  Every time without fail I am impressed by the stellar collection of fine utensils.  Living so far away from Tokyo, it is unfortunate that I cannot visit more of their seasonal exhibits.