INOUE Yasushi
The Hiragumo Kettle (1958)
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In the end, Matsunaga Hisahide only became clearly aware of his own machinations to replace The House of Miyoshi with that his own house in Feburary, the third year of Eiroku, when he was appointed to the post of Shohitsu at the Prosecuter’s Office. Hisahide was 51 years old.

That year, he gained the power to order Miyoshi Choukei who he had served for many years. But at this time, a violent battle spanning decades continued morning and night, those of not even thirty-eight years of age newly gained important posts, and wholly healthy men had been snatched away. As a result, Hisahide, whether he liked it or not, replaced Miyoshi Choukei, and had to attended to the political affairs under Heaven. But then suddenly the desire to have his position fixed unshakingly in both name and reality seized Hisahide. This happened in about two or three years.

Hisahide invited Tsuda Soutachi to his tea room who came to expound congratulations on Hisahide having been appointed to the Prosecuter’s office. Hisahide had learned Tea under Takeno Jouou and had taken the Chinese name of Soudai. In the alcove of the tea room was a aubergine chaire displayed sitting on a four cornered tray. The only guest was Soutachi himself. A spouted kettle was set on the gotoku, and a toriawase of a daitenmoku tea bowl, teoke mizusashi, a bentwood kensui, a trivet-shaped lid rest, a shutoku tea scoop, kouchuu tea bowl were arranged.

平蜘蛛の釜
井上靖
松永久秀がやがては自分が主家三好家に取って替わろうという野望をはっきりと意識して自分のものとしたのは、永禄三年二月、弾正少弼に任ぜられた時である。久秀は五十一歳であった。
この年彼が永年仕えて来た三好長慶は管領となったが、ここ十数年に亘る烈しい合戦の明け暮れは、まだ三十八歳になったばかりの新権力者から、すっかり健康というものを奪いとっていた。ために久秀は好むと好まないに拘らず三好長慶に替わって天下の諸政を執らなければならなかったが、その自己の立場を名実共に具わった揺がぬ確固たるものにする欲望が、ふいに久秀を捉えたのであった。時期はこの二、三年のうちに来るだろうと思われた。
久秀は自分が弾正に任ぜられた祝詞を述べにやって来た津田宗達を茶室に請じ入れた。久秀は茶を武野紹鷗に学び、唐名を霜台と号していた。茶室の床には作物茄子の茶入が四方盆に載せて飾られてあった。客は宗達一人である。手取釜を五徳に据え、台天目茶碗、手桶の水指、曲の水覆、五徳の蓋置、珠徳の茶杓、高中茶碗といった道具の取合わせであった。

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