Cherry blossom petals have started to fall, and even in my house, the petals like snow are falling. April is the last month for the tea preparing procedures with sunken hearth (Ro), and it will be closed in end of April. From May, brazier (Furo) will be used for making boiling water in the tea room.
Tea room with Ro
In this month, we are doing a total review of tea preparing procedures for Ro. For each level, students review what they learned in this season, and so they can remember the procedures with Ro in next November. I am also reviewing various tea preparing procedures especially the ones which have no textbooks, being in tea room alone on weekend days, despite busy for office work on weekdays.
Those tea preparing procedures which have no textbooks have also fixed tea utensils, and the host cannot select the utensils depending on the guests. There are grade of temae (tea preparing procedures), Shin (formal), Gyo(semi-formal) and So(informal). The student usually start to learn from the temae of So, which was established by Sen Rikyu. The temae of Shin, originally came from China (Song dynasty) by Zen monks with Daisu (a special stand for tea utensils), and a special Tenmoku Chawan (Tenmoku Tea bowl) is used for that. As Tenmoku Chawan, Yohen tenmoku (national treasure) is vary famous. We can see it at National Tokyo Museum as Chanoyu - The Arts of Tea Ceremony from April 11 to June 4.