*春の茶室 Chashitsu in Spring

There are some signs of spring arrival. 東風 kochi ( strong easterly wind ) is one of them. 釣釜 tsurigama ( hanging kettle ) is used in March to mid April in Japan. Gently swaying 釜 kama reminds us of 東風 kochi.
五徳 gotoku ( kama stand ) is removed from 炉 ro, a chain is hung from a hook called 蛭釘 hiru-kugi ( leach shaped hook ) on the ceiling and 釜kama is hooked on the chain with a handle called 弦 tsuru. Rather small and cylindrical 釜kama such as 筒釜 tsutsu-gama, 雲龍釜 unryuu-gama, 鶴首釜tsurukubi-gama, etc. is suitable for this. Also 五徳蓋置 gotoku-futaoki can be used, because real 五徳 gotoku is not in 炉 ro.
濃茶点前 koicha-demae and 薄茶点前 usucha-demae are as usual. When 釜 kama sways too much, it can be settled by holding at the 鐶 kan with both hands. 炭手前 sumi- demae needs extra steps to avoid damaging 炉縁 robuchi and 炉壇 rodan, and not to let hanging chain intervene your views.

・軸 jiku ; 一行 ichigyou 「春色無高下 」前大徳宗津筆
                                                    “ Shunshoku mukouge. ( Spring colour are for everybody equally. )”
                                                     by Rev. Soushin                          
・花入 vase ; 朝鮮唐津 認造 
                            Chousen Karatsu ware by Mitomu
・香合 insence container ; 有田 色絵丸文卵形 深川製
                                                         Arita ware, egg shaped with circle patterns by Fukagawa
・釜 kettle ; 棗釜 正芳造
                         date shaped kettle by Seihou 
・棚 stand ; 宗旦好 丸卓 Marujoku favoured by Soutan
・水指 water container ; 三島 豊造
                                                    Mishima ware by Yutaka
・薄器 tea container ; 枝垂桜蒔絵中棗 明斎塗
                                               medium sized natsume with weeping cherry pattern by Meisai
・蓋置 lid rest ; 染付五徳 昭阿弥 造
                                 kettle stand shaped bone china with blue patterns by Shouami
・主菓子 main sweet ; 「 花水木 」菓子椀にて
                                                   ‘ Hanamizuki ( dogwood flower )” in sweet bowl
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