This exhibition commemorates the 250th memorial, this year, of the 8th Urasenke iemoto, Yugensai Itto (1719–71). Itto was the third son of the 6th Omotesenke iemoto, Kakukakusai. His eldest brother succeeded as the 7th Omotesenke iemoto, Joshinsai. During their era, the mid-18th century, the foundations were laid for today’s iemoto system. The focus of this exhibition is that era in the history of the Sens’ chado tradition, and the achievements of Itto, together with his brother Joshinsai, to support that tradition. Implements related to the newly established Shichijishiki chanoyu training exercises will be displayed, and also, the activities of the two iemotos’ high disciples will be introduced.
The mid-18th century saw a large expansion in the population of chanoyu enthusiasts even among the general townspeople, and the Sens were among the teachers who had a burgeoning number of pupils. How to respond to this new age while preserving the traditions which had been observed since the time of Sen no Rikyu …. It needed to be decided what the Sens’ chado should be; what direction it should take. In this circumstance, Joshinsai indicated the structure it should build upon, and Itto served the role of conveying that to the next generation.
As we stand at the door to the new Reiwa era, this exhibition turns our eyes back to Yugensai Itto and his era.
(Note: Some of the exhibits are scheduled to change during the exhibition period.)
Red tea bowl named "Sesshin", made by Itto.
Bamboo tea scoop named "Tama no makura", made by Itto.
Letter written by Itto to Fuyuki Kohei and dated 23rd day, 11th month (no year given).
Bamboo flower container named "Ryojusen", made by Itto. Chado Research Center collection.
Red tea bowl named "Saburo", made by Kakukakusai.
Letter that contains a verse, written by Kakukakusai. Omotesenke Fushin’an collection.
Oimatsu split-lidded container for powdered tea, favored by Kakukakusai. Omotesenke Fushin’an collection.
Oimatsu container for powdered tea, favored by Itto. Chado Research Center collection.
Black tea bowl named "Murikuhi", made by Joshinsai. Komadome container for powdered tea, favored by Chikuso (Urasenke VII).
Komadome container for powdered tea, favored by Chikuso (Urasenke VII).
Shichijishiki document written by Kawakami Fuhaku. Collection of Edosenke Kawakami Sosetsu.
Deer –shaped incense container, made by Hayami Sotatsu. Nozakike Engyo Rekishikan collection.