Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Fuden-An: Leaves from a Tea-Journal

Looking back this year[December 2017]

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

Kobori Sojitsu PictureEvery time the year comes to an end, in the art of tea ceremony, we prepare celebrations for the end of the year, a final New Year's tea ceremony and a house cleaning of the year. At the same time, we work to prepare for the first activities of the coming year: cleaning the storehouse of major historical utensils, sorting training equipment, changing tatami mattresses and paper for “shoji”, and repairing damaged objects. We also pick up dead leaves in the garden, replace the bamboo hedge with green bamboo and spread pine leaves in the garden. Considering all of this again, there really is so much to do. Those who saw the documentary broadcast last March and the movie "My father is a tea master" may have an idea of what this is like but ensuring that these traditions continue unchanged every year is not an easy task.

There was one thing I wanted to write about in this last article of the year and it is the national meeting of tea ceremony held last October in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture. As you know, this prefecture is the birthplace of Kobori Enshu and it has special links with the Kobori district, formerly known as Asai district. It was the first time the national gathering took place there. The four branches of Shiga Prefecture, Nagahama, Asai, Shigakofu and Tankai joined to co-host this meeting.

In fact, despite being the birthplace of Enshu, Shiga prefecture had no Enshu branch until a little over twenty years ago, so there were almost no Enshu students in that prefecture.

But in 1996, during the commemoration of the 350th anniversary memorial of Kobori Enshu, a number of Enshu school officials, including my father and I, visited there. This later motivated us to create a branch in this prefecture. The fact that the meeting there this year took place twenty years after my first official visit there is quite moving. As a result, the national gathering ended up having a record turnout. This can be explained by the strong desire of the majority of students of the school to go to the birthplace of the founding father. This shared desire of the guest students and the hosts made the meeting a success. Each tea ceremony were full of new ideas and unique level of hospitality. Of course, there was a lack of experience and points of improvement here and there, but these will provide great opportunity for future learning and progress.

As I wrote at the beginning of this article, the path of the art of tea ceremony is nothing less than continuity and repetition. Doing the same thing requires daily effort. Looking back at this event, I realized how important this is and wanted to share that with you in this statement at the end of the year.

A tea ceremony for the 200th anniversary memorial of Matsudaira Fumai was held on October 29th. The details will be published in the next periodical report. I would like to thank Gokokuji temple and especially Mushanokouji senke, Sensooku Soshou for holding this big event together.

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]