mizusashi 水指
KEY WORD : architecture / tea houses
Also mizutsubo 水壷. Lit. a water jar. A container of fresh water used either to fill the tea bowl *chawan 茶碗, or the kettle *chanoyugama 茶湯釜, in the tea ceremony. When a large portable shelf *daisu 台子, or single portable shelf *tanamono 棚物, is used, the mizusashi is placed there. When the tea ceremony begins with the carrying in of a utensil, the water jar is the first to be brought in. However, because it is relatively large, it is more often put in place beforehand on either the host's mat *temaedatami 点前畳, the daisu or on the long board *naga-ita 長板. In this case, all other preparations are completed before the guests enter. Upon entering the guests admire the alcove *tokonoma 床の間, followed in sequence by the kettle and brazier, the water jar and other utensils before sitting down. Most of the water jars are ceramic but some are lacquer, others are made by bending wood into a circle with bottom attached *magemono 曲物, and still others are made of bamboo. Most have matching covers, tomobuta 共蓋, and are made of the same ceramic or lacquered wood as the body of the kettle ; *setoyaki 瀬戸焼, *shigarakiyaki 信楽焼, *bizenyaki 備前焼, *satsumayaki 薩摩焼, Ninsei 仁清, and Kenzan 乾山 wares are among the most esteemed.


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