The 1989 movie “Rikyu” based on the novel “Hideyoshi and Rikyu” based on a novel by Ya’eko Nogami was directed by Hiroshi Teshigawara and opened with this scene:
Hideyoshi … had heard of the beautiful morning glories blooming each morning along the hedge leading up to Rikyu’s tea-hut. Wishing to see them, he announced his visit. When he arrived, he saw to his great surprise that all morning glories had been cut off, and not a single one was to be seen on the hedge. When he entered the tea-hut, however, he realized that Rikyu had placed one single morning glory in a bamboo vase. … Rikyu had preferred to present [Hideyoshi] with one morning glory in the alcove as something much more powerful than the multitude Hideyoshi was looking forward to seeing along the hedge.
[Reference] Herbert Plutschow, “Rediscovering Rikyu – And The Beginnings of The Japanese Tea Ceremony” (Global Oriental, pub. 2003)
[参考] ヘルベルト・プルチョウ著「利休の再発見： そして日本における茶の湯の始まり」(Global Oriental, 2003年刷)
Originally posted August 6, 2014