Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Fuden-An: Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Osaka Shogunate Plan[Feb 2019]

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

Kobori Sojitsu PictureAs in past years, the New Year began with a mild climate. There was some news towards the end of last year that a cold wave would hit us but this turned out to be groundless and year got off to a very fine start. I mentioned this several times in my journal last year but Japan will have a historic moment of change in May when the new Emperor will be enthroned. This happy event will be something we can all be proud of and at the same time it is a good opportunity for some introspection.

In the end of last year, there was some big news regarding the founder our school Kobori Enshu. It seems that in the beginning of the Edo period, the Tokugawa administration had plans to move the shogunate government to Osaka. This was discovered in a letter that Enshu, who at the time had been assigned the responsibility for rebuilding Osaka Castle following the Siege of Osaka, had written to Todo Takatora, his father in law and close advisor to the Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada and the third Tokugawa Shogun Iemitsu. This was covered in a large scale by the NHK news.

In this letter Enshu suggests that Takatora offer the stones to be used in the garden of the tea room within Osaka Castle as a gift, and describes how Enshu is making preparations on the assumption that Osaka Castle will eventually be home to Tokugawa. This was written December 17th, 1626. This big discovery shows how there were plans at the time to move the shogunate government to Osaka from Edo Castle and reveals just how important Enshu’s role was within the shogunate government.

In fact, just two days before this had been written on December 15th, in a letter Enshu had written to a vassal of Hosokawa Tadatoshi, there was mention of matters relating to Osaka Castle, and it is thought that Enshu had invested a lot of effort into Osaka Castle. In any case, it will be announced soon that this document also will be the subject of research and I am looking forward to this greatly.

On New Year’s Day I composed the following poem inspired by the theme of ‘light’ for an imperial poetry party:

More than today, may the pursuit of art of the tea prosper and shine tomorrow

I would like to make this year a fruitful year as much as possible.

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]

What do we mean by “new”? [April 2017]

My recent activities [May 2017]

My activities in April[June 2017]

In memory of Mr. Seizo Hayashiya [July 2017]

My fatherand Mr. Seizo Hayashiya - Part Two[September 2017] [ch0]

My father, Mr. Hayashiya and myself[Ocober2017]

Cherish the Seasonal Changes[November 2017]

Looking back this year[December 2017]

Holidays [February 2018]

In the cold [March 2018]

What we can learn from athletes[Apr 2018]

Sakura and Tanka poetry[May 2018]

Transitioning from one season to another [Jun 2018]

The important things[Jul 2018]

Our own ability[Aug 2018]

Every tide has its ebb [Sep 2018]

Summer’s end[Oct 2018]

November[Nov 2018]

At the end of the year[DEC 2018]