A mulberry nakatsugi and wakin

A mulberry nakatsugi and wakin

Lately, I’ve been learning the Wakin temae during okeiko, in which a more serious, rather than seasonal, poetic name is needed for the chashaku. And as fond as I am of it, I can’t say “Heijoushin” (Presence of Mind) every week. So here is a translation of a webpage I found by the Kuwana City Community Urasenke Tea Circle.

Chashaku Poetic Names (Gomei) that can be Used All Year Long
相生 Aioi, Double Life *Specifically, this refers to the famed double-trunked pine tree at Takasago.
永寿 Eiju, Longevity
老松 Oimatsu, Ancient Pine
果報者 Kahoumono, The Fortunate
嘉祥 Kashou, Herald of Joy
渇 Katsu, Thirsty
閑居 Kankyo, Idyll (Leisure)
感謝 Kansha, Gratitude
吉祥 Kisshou, Auspicious
慶雲 Keiun, Auspicious Clouds
好意 Koui, Favour
好日 Koujitsu, Fair Day
高台寺 Koudaiji, Koudai-ji *That would be the zen temple.
古今 Kokin, Then and Now
心の友 Kokoro no Tomo, Friend of the Heart
寿Kotobuki, Longevity
独楽 Koma, Koma Top *The koma top was a crest given to Rikyu by Hideyoshi, thus we can see its colours or shape often used in tea utensils.
寿老 Jurou, Longevity
静 Shizuka (Sei), Quiet
初心 Shoshin, Beginner’s Heart
瑞雲 Zuiun, Auspicious Clouds
末広 Suehiro, Deep and Wide
静寂 Seijaku, Stillness
洗心 Senshin, Pure Heart
高砂 Takasago, High Embankment *Takasago is a place near Sumi-no-ye famed for its antiquity and double-trunked pine tree.
宝船 Takara-bune, Treasure Boat
知足 Chisoku, Contentment *As I’ve mentioned before, from Laozi: “He is rich who knows contentment.”
千歳 Chitose, Thousand Years
鶴亀 Tsuru Kame, Turtle and Crane
徒然 Tsure-dzure, Idleness *There is a famous work of literature called “Tsure-dzure Kusa” or “Essays in Idleness”.
天下泰平 Tenka Taihei, Peace on Earth
常盤 Tokiwa, Evergreen
和やか Nagoyaka, Gentle
聖 Hijiri, Sacred
福笑 Fukuwarai, Laughing Fortune
無事 Buji, Safety
万古 Banko, From On Old
平安 Heian, Peace *The former name of the former capital of Japan.
直心 Magokoro, True Heart *A related term is “Sekishin” or “Crimson Heart”.
無 Mu, Nothingness
無一 Muichi, Nothing *From the zen phrase “Honrai Muichi Motsu” or “In the beginning, we have nothing.”
無心 Mushin, No Mind
山里 Yamazato, Mountain Village
夢 Yume, Dream
喜び Yorokobi, Joy
和 Wa, Harmony
和敬 Wakei, Harmony and Respect
若人 Wakoudo, Young Man
和楽 Waraku, Peace and Quiet

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