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Hello! This is Murasaki Japanese Institute. Our school teacher,
Shimizu-sensei who is also an experienced tea master wrote about "Chabako Temae." Please enjoy the article.
has been used for travels or tea ceremonies in the open air. The beginning of
it was the portable box for tea ceremony utensils. In the Edo era, “chabako”
was used frequently. However, it was used just as a portable box.
The current “temae” were designed by Gengensai,
“Juichi-daime (the eleventh)” grand master of Urasenke (one of the tea ceremony
schools). After him, Tantansai, “Juyon-daime (the fourteenth)” grand master added
two more “temae”. There are 6 types of “chabako temae” in modern Japan, such as
“月(つき)moon”, “雪(ゆき)snow”, “花(はな)flower”, “和敬(わけい)respect to peace”, “卯の花(うのはな)deutzia” and “色紙(しきし)colored paper.”
There are a lot of “temae.” However, “chabako
temae” has different refinement far from the original “temae.”
Original tea ceremony starts from the state
that utensils are already set. On the other hand, “teishu (a person who erves
tea)”’s taking utensils out from “chabako” that stores them compactly is a
process of tea ceremony in “chabako temae”. The process of taking utensils out
gives guests a little bit different feelings of surprise and enjoyment from the
original tea ceremony.
There are unique utensils for “chabako
temae”, so let me introduce them.
We put sweets like small “konpeito(small
colored sugar candy covered in gulges)” or beans in it.
We put clothes wiping teacups in it.
We put “chasen (bamboo tea whisk)” in it.
We use the above utensils. There are
appropriate utensils for each of the 6 types of “chabako temae”, so we use appropriate
utensils depending on the “temae”.
I explained that “chabako” was originally
for outdoor. However, we often use it indoor recently, too. “Chabako” doesn’t
need much space because it can restore tea utensils compactly. And it is
refined. So there are a lot of people who love it, and not only experts in the
Do you know how Japanese people celebrate
their New Year’s Day?
New Year’s Day is the most important
holiday in Japan. Many special events
take place during the first three days.
Hatsumōde---Many people go to the shrine and temples wishing for the good
good luck during the year ahead.
People eat special food
called Osechi ryōri (New Year’s special food)
Osechi ryōri are beautifully arranged in the lacquer box called Jubako.
Each dish has some
Kuromame (black beans)
and become healthy.
Datemaki( egg omelet)
Because the shape looks like a scroll, it is
Kinton (sweet potatoes and
the word ‘kinton’ means
golden dumplings, and the color looks like a gold.
It is associated with treasure.
Kobumaki (dried herring wrapped in
the word ‘kobu’ means to be happy.
Tazukuri (dried sardines)
In ancient times, dried sardines were used for fertilizer for the
Also Tazukuri literally translates as ‘making rice corps’. It is
Kazunoko (herring roe)
Herring roe contains a lot of eggs and the word ‘kazu’ means number
and ‘ko’ means children. That means you are blessed with many children.
shape of curved body, it is associated with longevity. Because when
older, their bodies are hunchbacked.
Ozōni is a special soup eaten on New Year’s Day. Ingredients for Ozōni differ from region to region.
関東Kanto style (clear soup)
We receive New Year’s Cards on New Year’s
Day. The Chinese zodiac sign of the 2015will be the year of the sheep ‘hitsuji’. So you will exchange many
nengajo like Christmas cards with the picture of the sheep.
We have placed ‘kadomatsu’ in pairs in
front of houses to welcome year God and
displayed ‘Kagamimochi’ for the offering to Year God.
kagamimochi/mirror rice cake
round shape looks like a mirror.
Thank you for everything you
did for us this past year.