A Word from the Teacher
The Thing Called Keiko (Practice)
By: Satou Ryouko

Chado, as the chinese characters show, is the Way of Tea. In the art of tea that is the temae, the psychological elements are gathered into a “Way”.

“Kei” has the meaning of “to consider”. In other words, does “kei-ko” then have the meaning of also accumulating thoughts about things of old (ko), ie: one’s experiences and things learned? For that reason, even when doing the same temae everyday, keiko is likely the matter of accumulating today’s temae on top of yesterday’s temae. It is slowly, but surely, accumulating the foundations of tea.

Also, there is the phrase, “Mitori-keiko (lit. practicing by watching and taking)”. This is a method of keiko were you remember by watching the movements of others, although you yourself are not practicing the part of the temae or guests. The act of practicing Tea began by copying the forms (ie,ettiquette). I imagine that the pleasure of increases more when you master those actions with your body and naturally. Also, the advice the teacher gives during okeiko is is not just for the person currently practicing the temae, but apply to everyone there. So let’s take the advice given during keiko.

Also, correct carriage of the body is essential to a beautiful temae. Let me introduce am exercise you can do at home to maintain beautiful sitting posture.

1. Sit in seiza.
2. Clasp your hands behind your back.
3. Stick your chin out front as much as you can, and stretch your clasped hands behind you.
4. Remembering clearly the stretched positioned of your spine, return your hands and chin as they were before.

In this position, the upper body can be brought down and you can bow with beautiful posture. If you feel that the countenance of your body has become disordered, try repeating the exercise once again.

先生からひとこと
稽古ということ
茶道は文字通りお茶の「道」です。点前というお茶の技術に、精神的な要素が加わり「道」となります。
稽は「考える」という意味を持ちます。すなわち「稽古」は古きこと(経験したことや習ったこと)に思考を加えて積み重ねていくことと言えるでしょうか。ですから、毎日同じ点前をしていても、今日の点前は昨日の点前の上に積み重ねられたものであるはずなのです。一歩ずつ確実に基本を積み重ねていきたいです。
また、見取り稽古という言葉があります。これは自分がお点前や客の稽古をしていないときでも他人の動作を見て覚える稽古方法です。お茶の稽古は、型(作法)を真似ることからはじまります。その動作が自然と自体で身につく頃にはもっとお茶の楽しみも増えてくることでしょう。また、お稽古中の先生の注意は、今点前をしている方ひとりに対してのものではなく、その場の皆さんにも当てはまる事柄ですので、稽古中は注意をはらいましょう。
また、美しい点前には正しい姿勢不可欠です。座姿を美しく保っために家出できるトレーニングを紹介しましょう。
1.正坐をします
2.腰の後ろでてを組みます
3.あごを思い切り前につきだし、組んだ手を後ろに伸ばします
4.背筋が伸びた状態をしっかり覚え、あごと手を元にもどします
この姿勢で上体を前に倒しますと美しい姿勢でお辞儀ができます。身体の構えが乱んたと感じたらもう一度くりまえしてみましょう。

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