morokazari 諸飾り
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
Alcove ornaments found in tea ceremony rooms of various types. The term morokazari is derived from the time when five ornaments, gogusokukazari 五具足飾り, a pair of flower vases, a pair of candlesticks and an incense container, were used in front of a Buddhist altar in accordance with the *KUNDAIKAN SOUCHOUKI 君台観左右帳記. However, in a tea ceremony room of the hut tradition *wabi わび, or simplicity was of chief importance. Thus at first only a formal scrolls and incense were used. During the interval between tea ceremonies, the scroll was rolled up and only flowers were displayed either in a vase on the floor of the alcove *tokonoma 床の間, or hung on a post. The *NANBOUROKU 南方録 asserts that "After the guests have left, the room should be swept, the scroll rolled up , flowers arranged, the bamboo blind taken down and the skylight opened."


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