Robiraki 2014

Marujoku Tana

Marujoku Tana

On November 9, 2014 Issoan Tea School celebrated the opening of the winter hearth with Robiraki. There were 3 seki of 4 people each. A real charcoal fire was laid to heat the water. Because charcoal is so hard to import from Japan, and is so very expensive, we seldom get to see the fire laid.

Everyone got a chance to come close to see how the fire was built

Cold, wet kettle is put on when the guests arrive

Cold, wet kettle is put on when the guests arrive

Shitabi, the starter charcoal

Shitabi, the starter charcoal

First Seki

First Seki

Second Seki

Second Seki

Third Seki

Third Seki

Then a light meal was served:

IMG_0747After the meal, the traditional sweet, zenzai (bean soup) was served.  Guests then took a break before koicha and usucha were served.

Tsukubai

Tsukubai

Kan ryu seki jo isshu no matsu

Kan ryu seki jo isshu no matsu

Chatsubo and Sumitori display

Chatsubo and Sumitori display

Seasonal Flowers in a ceramic bamboo vase

Seasonal Flowers in a ceramic bamboo vase

Nicely burning fire

Nicely burning fire

Robiraki 2014 Kaiki

robiraki-2014 Aki tatsu ya kawase ni majiru kaze no oto
Autumn has begun;
the sound of the wind
mingles with the river shallows
~Dakotsu

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kan ryu seki jo isshu no matsu
Chill flowing water, above the rock a single pine stands, by Harada Shodo Roshi
Tana: Marujoku, Sotan konomi
Sumitori: Gourd and pine needle by local Seattle artist
Haboki: Black crane feathers
Kan: Iron
Haiki: Unge by Kyoto artist
Hibashi: Kuwa (mulberry)
Kama: Kashiwa (oak leaf) uba guchi (hag mouth) by Keitan Takahashi
Kogo: Hakuji, white celadon, Kotaro Ono
Ko: Umegaka by Shoyeido

Kaiseki: Seasonal foods
Sweets: Zenzai with mochi

Chaire: Daikai, with Rikyubai kando shoha donsu
Chashaku: Gift from Minako Sensei, gomei “michi” the way
Chawan: Black Raku. Sasaki Shoraku, gomei “issei” one voice
Mizusashi- Korean Celadon, by Renkyu Ri
Kensui: Bronze efugo, hawk feeding bag
Futaoki: Bridge to four directions, by Richard Milgrim
Tea: Matsukaze no mukashi from Kambayashi
Natsume: Black Hakeme (brush stroke) lacquer with red maple leaves, by Nakamura Shokka
Omojawan: Red raku, “Kengyo” utsushi, copy of Chojiro’s referring to high ranking blind priest
Kaejawan: Shino clay with rice straw glaze from the Imperial Palace grounds, by Tacy Apostolik, gomei “Aibukai” the caressing sea.
Tea: Hana no shiro from Kambayashi
Sweets tray: by Zohiko, gift from Mori sensei
Higashi: Oike Senbei, gift from Sean Toyooka

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