I was surprised to learn that there are two cha’ire named “Jo’u’o’u Nasu“. They are both Chinese made, considered as “o’ome’ibutsu“. They were both named after their owner J’o’u’o’u Takeno. This one was used at Kitano Great Tea Event, hosted by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1587, and is now held by Sanritsu Hattori Museum of Arts.
When the owner’s name is adopted as the name for a tea utensil, it is customary to take the first owner’s name. However, when a subsequent owner is more famous, that name may later be substituted.
The other “Jo’u’o’u Nasu” has J’o’u’o’u’s writing (that reads: “miwotsukushi“) and signature at the bottom. For that reason, it is also referred to as “Miotsukushi Nasu.”
Originally published October 27, 2014