Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Fuden-An: Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Cherish the Seasonal Changes[November 2017]

KOBORI Sojitsu (the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School )

Kobori Sojitsu PictureAs with every year, September and October has passed very quickly. The presence of the iron 'furo' in the teahouse represents the coming change in season. When using an iron furo, drawing the shape of grass into the ash is the tradition. We do not know the origin of this tradition, but it seems to represent the progression of autumn. The beauty of a charcoal burner and the crescent-shaped flat tile and the shape of the ash go together very well. The iron furo need not have a used quality about it but it is best if it is nicely aged with use.

Under the iron furo, it is often best to install a flat tile instead of a board. In particular, flat tiles of the Oribe type called 'Sunshoan' are very popular. The water pitcher that is placed to the left of the furo is often a thinly shaped pitcher of the Bizen type. One comes across water pitchers of the Shiragaki type and Kotakatori type. I am sometimes struck by the fact that there are so many pitchers that go well with the "Nakaoki" type tea ceremony that we are organizing this season. This consists of installing the furo in the center of the tea room to give warmth to the guests. It seems that at the time when Enshu lived, many thin pitchers were made for use in the "Nakaoki" tea ceremony. That's why, at least with regard to the Enshu school, we inherit the “Nakaoki” tea ceremony from our founding father.

Those who practice the art of tea on a daily basis tend to be unaware of the value of having the tea ceremony with the same gestures, materials and tea arrangements for the past 400 years. It is not a question of preserving what has already been established for a long time, but instead it is about having the same spiritual mindset that the pioneers had when they first created this type of ceremony. The continued search for this spiritual mindset is what keeps the 400 years of tea ceremony traditions updated and relevant today.

During this season, which marks the transition from summer to autumn, we occasionally call upon a handwritten letter as a kakemono to be placed on the wall of the tea room. Letters are used because letters written at this time of the year often contain personal news and emotional reactions to the change in season. This kind of letter is therefore well suited for a tea ceremony held between seasons. If you read my latest book "The Letters of Kobori Enshu, New Edition", you will understand how our founding father was considerate of others and how people’s emotions remain unchanged.

I ask that you take a moment to consider that living with the art of tea is not limited to daily training but is about being sensitive to all movements of the mind.

End of year greetingsLinkIcon

Dear readersLinkIcon

What I have in mind through ChanoyuLinkIcon

Shopping at year-endLinkIcon

Get ready for the New YearLinkIcon

N.Y. and D. C.LinkIcon

A certain girlLinkIcon

Advent of autumnLinkIcon

Sairai ‘return again’
[Apr 2012]LinkIcon

When arranging flowers…
[May 2012]LinkIcon

The cicadas cry
[jun 2012] [ch0]LinkIcon

My visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree.
[jul 2012]LinkIcon

Watching Sumo
[Aug 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics
[Sep 2012]LinkIcon

The Olympics(Part 2)
[Oct 2012]LinkIcon

What we must do now
[Nov 2012]LinkIcon

Finishing the year.
[Dec 2012]LinkIcon

At the New Year [Jan 2013]LinkIcon

my tea room[Feb 2013]LinkIcon

Shouzeri[Mar 2013]LinkIcon

All about April [April 2013]LinkIcon

Tools and the feelings they evoke[May 2013]LinkIcon

Three Years On[June 2013]LinkIcon

Fate[Jul 2013]LinkIcon

The shape of ash[Aug 2013]LinkIcon

Niagara Falls[September 2013]LinkIcon

Visiting Singapore[Oct 2013]LinkIcon

wisdom of “shift”[Nov 2013]LinkIcon

Time[Dec 2013]LinkIcon

Peacefulness[Jan 2014]LinkIcon

Double Surprise[Feb 2014]LinkIcon

Sellout crowd, greatly impressed. [Mar 2014]LinkIcon

A red Japanese plum on a snowy day [April 2014]LinkIcon

My First Encounter with Film[May 2014]LinkIcon

First impressions[June 2014]LinkIcon

The sense of moderation [July 2014]LinkIcon

What we know and don't know[August 2014]LinkIcon

One after the other[September 2014]LinkIcon

The Tea Ceremony Teddy Bear[October 2014]LinkIcon

Here's looking at you, kid[November 2014]LinkIcon

The end of the year[December 2014]LinkIcon

Hon[January 2015]LinkIcon

Seishori nimo todomarazu[February 2015]LinkIcon

Approaches in Tea Ceremony[March 2015]LinkIcon

Separation[April 2015]LinkIcon

Recent events[May 2015]LinkIcon

Recent Events (continued)[June 2015]LinkIcon

Cleaning[July 2015]LinkIcon

Bowing in Japanese Tea Ceremony[August 2015]LinkIcon

Inauguration[September 2015]LinkIcon

Twenty -fifth anniversary in Singapore[October 2015]LinkIcon

Cultural exchanges in Europe[November 2015]LinkIcon

Coming to a close[December 2015]LinkIcon

Man[January 2016]LinkIcon

What does and doesn't change[February 2016]LinkIcon

Tea ceremonies in the snow[March 2016]LinkIcon

Seasons[April 2016]LinkIcon

Hospitality[May 2016]LinkIcon

Time[June 2016]LinkIcon

Appreciation of objects [July 2016]LinkIcon

A meeting in the sky[August 2016]LinkIcon

Amid world developments[September 2016]LinkIcon

Absent and Present [October 2016]LinkIcon

Thank you for a perfect day! [November 2016]LinkIcon

Thinking of my Sixtieth Anniversary[December 2016]LinkIcon

Discard Everthing[February 2017]LinkIcon

The first tea ceremonies for the New Year[March 2017]