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

黒文字と箸・Kuromoji and Hashi

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懐石では色々な決まり事があります。

There are many rules for serving a kaiseki meal.

お菓子には黒文字を使います。

For sweets, kuromoji (wood picks) are used.

お料理には杉箸を使います。

For cooking, hashi (chopsticks) made of cedar are used.

ですが善哉などお菓子でもお料理でもないものには黒文字一本と杉箸一本を組み合わせて使います。善哉は口切の頃にいただくことが多いです。

What about zenzai then?  It is not “sweets” in a traditional sense, and it is not cooking either.  For such items, one kuromoji and one cedar chopstick are paired together.  Zenzai is often served around the time of kuchikiri (opening of a tea-leaf jar, signaling the arrival of the ro season).

Originally published November 28, 2014

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