Spring Chakai at Konnichian

To pass through the famous Kabutomon gate of Konnichian, the homestead of the Urasenke Iemoto, and be received for tea by the Iemoto himself, is an event of a lifetime for most teachers and students of Urasenke chado.

On May 17 (Fri), 2019, seventeen days into the new Reiwa Era in Japan, Iemoto SEN Soshitsu XVI (Zabosai) and his wife, together with their son, Takafumi, and nephews IZUMI Soyo (Koichiro) and IZUMI Reijiro, hosted a tea gathering (chakai) at Konnichian, for Urasenke chado teachers who had received Kyoju (full instructor) certification within the last three years. Iemoto and his family initiated this kind of tea gathering last year, as a way to further inspire the enthusiasm of such newly certified Kyoju.

Iemoto and Mrs. Sen greeted the guests In the Chofu-no-ma main room within the Heisei Chashitsu, and then, once the guests had partaken of the omogashi (moist main confection) which were brought in to them, Takafumi prepared koicha (matcha of thick consistency) for them, while Iemoto spoke to them about the ensemble of articles which were being used, and which he had chosen for their enjoyment at this special tea gathering.

In the Kangetsu-no-ma on the second floor of the Heisei Chashitsu, a light meal (tenshin) was served to them, and in the large room on the second floor of the Chado Kaikan, they were served higashi (delicate candy-like confections) and usucha (matcha of relatively thin consistency). They also were guided into the spacious Hosensai room within the historical Konnichan tea room complex, to view an exhibit of impressive chado-use articles from the Konnichian collection.

Light meal in the Kangetsu-no-ma Usucha at the Chado Kaikan

The guests of Iemoto and his family this day, consisting of recently certified Urasenke Kyoju mainly from western Japan, departed through the Kabutomon helmet gate looking encouraged.

As last year, a similar Autumn Chakai is scheduled to be held in September at the Urasenke quarters in Tokyo, for recently certified Uraseke Kyoju from eastern Japan.