DSCN4268The Basics of Ohakobi (Bringing in Tea)
At a large chakai, even beginners have the chance to bring in tea, so it’s necessary to clearly remember how. Also, experienced practitioners should recheck how it is properly conducted.

Bringing in Thin Tea

  1. With the tea bowl steadied by the right hand and set on top of the kobukusa on your left hand, enter the tea room with your right foot and sit before the guest.
  2. Turn the bowl twice to the right, so that the front of it faces the guest.
  3. Place the bowl outside of tatami’s edge, as viewed from the guest’s seat.
  4. Fold the kobukusa in half.
  5. Place the kobukusa to the side of your right knee. With both hands on your knees, scoot back a bit, left, then right.
  6. Give a formal bow.
  7. Take the kobukusa with your right hand.
  8. Return the kobukusa to your breast pocket.
  9. Turn towards the lower seat, shift your knee back, stand with the left foot, and return to the mizuya.

The Direction of the Kobukusa
When the kobukusa is open upon your left palm, the wasa (unsewn edge) should be on the right.

お運びの基本
大きな茶会では、初心者の方もお運びをする機械があるので、しっかりと覚えておく必要があります。また、経験者の方も、もう一度その所作を確認しましょう。

薄茶を出す
①左手の古綿紗に茶碗をのせて右手を添え、右足から席に入る、客の前に座る
②右まわいに二回、茶碗をまわして、正面を客に向ける
③茶碗を客から見て縁外に出す
④古綿紗を折り返す
⑤古綿紗を右膝横に置き、両手を膝にあて、左右に一膝下がる
⑥真のお辞儀
⑦右手で古綿紗を取る
⑧古綿紗を懐中する
⑨下座に向かって、一膝切り、左足から立ち、水屋に戻る

古綿紗の向き
左掌に古綿紗を広げるとき、わさが右側になるようにします。

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