Tuesday, June 9, 2015

My "real" goshokago from Japan

Even though I love making my own chabako from found materials, I wanted a "real" goshokago from Japan to compare with the ones I make. I wanted to see if I had accurately guessed at the dimensions and "feel" of traditional ones. 

To explain how long I've wished for one, when I visited Japan in 1984, I saw a picture in a magazine of a lady in kimono with all the pieces spread out on view. At the time, I had only studied chanoyu for a year and didn't know how they were used, but I was fascinated that they all fit into a beautiful lidded basket. 

Goshokago sets are very expensive, but I finally found one in my price range. Here it is:

It was missing only the brocade shifuku case for the chashaku, so I found a silk necktie that has similar colors, and made one.

Summer Chabako, revised -
an update to my clear chabako in the September 1, 2012 entry

My friend Becky Wehmer, a glass artist in Michigan, made 3 furidashi and 2 chakin tsu-tsu for my clear chabako set. Also In the picture is the ceramic furidashi that came with my traditional set, for comparison. The stopper from it fits one of the glass ones, and I made a stopper for another one.

I use a glass kettle on a vintage plate-warmer for hot water.

I'm still looking for a more interesting glass tea caddy than the spice jar in the picture. I'm waiting to receive a pretty glass chawan, I ordered from Japan, but the double-walled one works well. 

It may be hard to see in the picture below, that the chasen (whisk) is in a chasen tsu-tsu I made from a sheet of plastic stitched with silver thread.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Last Saturday, I hosted a tea gathering to say farewell to a fellow tea student who is moving away. I hadn't hosted a group this large, so my dear husband helped me fix some additional vintage stools for the occasion. (I sanded, he painted, I made cushions.) 

The kikka (guest tables) were arranged so that we could have two seating of five people each. Sensei made tea for the guest of honor plus 4 others, and then I made tea for the second group of five students and friends.

We used the green kaigu set that I made, and my recent acquisitions, a natsume with flying bird, and tea scoop with leaf-shaped tip. Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?

i-kan-jin (man at the well) futa-oki that I made.