|KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses|
koboshi 零し. A waste-water container into which either hot or cold water
is poured after a tea bowl has been rinsed during a tea ceremony. It was one of
objects placed on a movable stand *daisu
台子, that could be wheeled into the tea ceremony room *chashitsu 茶室. It is made of metal, clay
or plain, thin wood bent *magemono 曲物,
into a shallow cylindrical shape. But a bowl-shaped kensui is most common.
Some kensui are lacquered. Another type of kensui, called efugo
kensui 餌畚建水 (falcon's feeder), has a particularly small mouth, and a rim
that opens widely. A clean kensui is used for each tea ceremony. Disposing
of the waste water is considered an unclean task and reuse in front of guests
is considered a discourtesy.
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