Explanation of Temae: Hanashomou (Requesting the Flowers)
Part 2- Detailed Description

Hana Shomou describes the matter of requesting one of the invited guests to arrange the flowers.
Hana Shomou is for if a gift of flowers is received or if the host doesn’t arrange (them) and requests it of the guests and such. This isn’t a set rule: it is essential to adjust the situation to the time and place at hand.
Hana Shomou uses a plain ceder flower tray. With the flower tray’s seam on the far side, to the left side is the flowers, and to the far right side is the watering pot filled with water accompanied by a chakin. It’s mouth is facing left and away. Towards you is the flower knife with it’s blade facing away towards to the flowers and the handle resting on the flower tray’s rim. These should be ready in the mizuya[1]. Displayed prominently in the main venue’s alcove is a vase filled with seven parts water[2].
Not restricted to furo, since there is a break in between with a ro chaji, purify during the seating; the host displays the vase in the alcove, places the mizusashi and chaire in the decided place, and gives the greeting for the second entrance (into the tea room).
The first guest and the rest reenter and veiw the vase [3], and take their seats. At this time, The guests know beforehand about having Hana Shomou.
Since the seats are decided, the host places in front of his knees the flower tray that was prepared in the mizuya. He opens the the tea room entrance’s fusuma door[4], takes the flower tray[5], stands up with the right knee[6], advances to the foot of the mat in front of the alcove[7], and sits placing down the flower tray[8].
Returning to the tea room entrance, request “Nanitozo omoushiawase no ue, ohana wo”[9], and the guests accept this.
Whichever guest arranges the flowers is not fixed. There isn’t much time to compromise so the guests should accept the appointment of whoever is most appropriate[11]. (That guest should) stand and advance to the front of the alcove. First veiw the vase[12], familiarize himself with the flowers on the flower tray, and make a plan for the flowers[13]. At this time, decide the length of the flowers, and adjust the stems’ length with the knife[14].
Still sitting, check the plan for the flowers[15], step up into the alcove and arrange the flowers[16].
The host waiting in the tea room entrance gives the greeting “Douzo, omizu wo” when he feels the shape of the flowers is about decided[17].
The guest receives that only with a light bow[18]. He doesn’t pour in any water.
Descending from the alcove, looking at this event’s flowers, adjust the flowers ontop of the flower tray [19], and return to your own seat.
When the guest returns to his seat, the host gives a bow in the tea room’s entrance “Doumo arigatou gozaimashita”, advances to the front of the alcove, and first veiws the flowers[20].
The guest who arranged the flowers gives the greeting “onaoshi no ue, douzo omizu wo”. The host says a gratitude for them kindly arranging the flowers[21], picks up the watering pot[22], and positions the chakin at the watering pot’s mouth[23]. Steping up into the alcove, pour the water[24], descend from the alcove, place the watering pot ontop the flower tray[25], and turn the blade of the knife from the inside to face the outside with the right hand[26].
The host takes the flower tray and falls back to the mizuya[27]. The host and guests give a communal bow[28]. The guest in order from the first guest and excluding the guest who arranged the flowers one by one give a next bow and advance to the front of the alcove. In order they veiw the flowers and return to their seats[29].
Then, the host brings in the tea bowl and starts the thick tea procedure. If there is nothing whatever changed in this one meeting of a chaji, finishe with thin tea. Because the host and guests of this meetings hearts are mutally traveling to meet in the middle, it is said the conduct is naturally brought about.
Guidance: Gyoutei Division
Jitsugi: Kanazawa Soutatsu? (Host)
Izumimoto Sougen? (Guest)
Watanabe Takushi? (Guest)