hanaire 花入
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
A container for displaying flowers, or a flower vase. Generally, there are three types found in tea ceremony rooms *chashitsu 茶室: one that sits on a flat surface, one which hangs from a hook on the alcove post, tokobashira hanakugi 床柱花釘, and one which hangs from the outer frame of the alcove by tsurihana hirukan 釣花蛭鐶. Hanaire can be made of metal (copper, alloys, gold and silver inlaids etc.), ceramics (celadon porcelain, dyed china with red glaze dominating; or native Japanese porcelain), bamboo tubes, or materials woven into a basket. Generally speaking, metal vases are used for formal tea ceremonies, shin 真, ceramic ones are used for semi-formal , gyou 行, ceremonies, and bamboo or basket types are used for rustic, informal ceremonies *wabi わび. There are a great variety of shapes and types reflecting the tastes of the many tea masters.

*hanakugi 花釘  

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