en-Ichigo Icho (1898–1991) Sen Sōshitsu XV tea caddie

Ichigo Icho (Japanese, 1898–1991) Gold Natsume Ictigo Ittyo Sumiyoshi (Pine trees in Shrine) Makie Urasenke Sen Sōshitsu XV tea caddie              Height 7.5 cm / Width 7.4 cm  (鵬雲斎) WAJIMA GOLD LACQUER KANAZAWA By the one and only Legendary Ictigo Ittyo (meiji period) Born 1898-1991 (passed away) Sumiyoshi Makie Urasenke master Sen Sōshitsu XV ( kamikaze survivor)
Ichigo Icho (Japanese, 1898–1991) Gold Natsume Ictigo Ittyo Sumiyoshi (Pine trees in Shrine) Makie Urasenke Sen Sōshitsu XV tea caddie Height 7.5 cm / Width 7.4 cm (鵬雲斎) WAJIMA GOLD LACQUER KANAZAWA By the one and only Legendary Ictigo Ittyo (meiji period) Born 1898-1991 (passed away) Sumiyoshi Makie Urasenke master Sen Sōshitsu XV ( kamikaze survivor)

Ictigo Ittyo

[One trillionth of gold ] (meaning in japanese)2nd Seitoku Taiko Exhibition, Selected1st Art and Craft Technology Preservation Certification Celebration Exhibition Selected1st Nitten Selected 3rd Nitten Selected 4th Nitten Selected 6th Nitten Selected1st seven times Nitten winning9th Fine Arts Exhibition winningeighth contemporary art Exhibition Top Award winnersfifth Annual Meeting of the Japan Craft Exhibition SelectedCrown Michiko Princess (now Empress) "water Makie Suzuribako" your purchasefifty-five fiscal Wajima urging Merit who[Urasenke XV Iemoto pan-叟宗room (Peng Unsai)]was born as the eldest son of the XIV indifferently Hitoshi Loss, Doshisha Law Department of economics, after the scholastic the University of Hawaii, Zen for Daitokuji MizuhoIwao Osho in 1949, also drafted into during this period Have also experienced. After that, in 1964, with the death of his father, he was named the 15th Urasenke Iemoto Somuro.

Sen Sōshitsu XV (十五代千宗室) refers to the 15th generation head (iemoto) of Urasenke, one of the most widely known schools of Japanese tea. Hōunsai (鵬雲斎) was a religious appellation that he received in 1949 from his Zen mentor, and it is the name that he generally is known by to distinguish him as the 15th Sen Sōshitsu. His son succeeded him as the 16th generation head of Urasenke, and inherited the name Sōshitsu, in December 2002. With that, Sen Sōshitsu XV discontinued his own use of the name Sōshitsu. He adopted the name Genshitsu (玄室) to use instead, and thus has officially gone by the name Sen Genshitsu since then.

Born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1918. After graduating from Doshisha University, completed the University of Hawaii and the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Central University of Korea. In 1945, he became a young sect master after receiving the training degree under the guidance of President Goto Zuigan of Daitokuji Temple, and the name "Pengunsai" and the name "Genshu Sokou". In October 1964, he became the 15th Iemoto of the Urasenke family, and today he was named as the hermitage lord. In December 2002, he transferred his family to Sen Soshitsu Xuan, and became a master of Sen Soshitsu Xuan. (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Letters) Advocating the idea of ​​"peacefulness from a bowl", he has visited more than 60 countries around the world more than 300 times with his way, learning, and reality, and has developed activities for the penetration and development of tea ceremony culture and the realization of world peace. ing. Urasenke has 107 overseas bases in 34 countries and regions, and about 400 people from 42 countries under the tea ceremony study abroad system established in 1970).

Currently, a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Japan-UN Goodwill Ambassador (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Goodwill Ambassador for Tourism in Japan (Tourism Agency), Chairman of the United Nations Association of Japan, Chairman of the Rotary Japan Foundation, Olympia Japan.

Sen Soshitsu the 15th generation of the Sen Soshitsu Xuan family and his father was the 14th sect , commonly known as the "Tansai sect room". Joined the Navy by mobilizing students, was hired by the Preparatory Student Flight Department, received training as an officer, and volunteered for a special attack kamikaze unit (special attack unit) at his own will. Many of his friends sortie as a special attack unit, and when he tried to receive an assault order, he was discharged at the end of the war. After returning to the Department of Economics, Faculty of Law and Economics, Doshisha University after the end of the war, he lived a training life under the president of Daitokuji Temple, Mizuiwa Goto. In 1964, Sen no Rikyu, the 15th generation Urasenke, was named the former Somuro of the Iemoto family. Received the Medal with Blue Ribbon, Medal with Purple Ribbon, Person of Cultural Merit / Order of Culture, and 2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star.

Tea ceremony is a rare and comprehensive culture that envelops everything from artistry, religion, philosophicality, and sociability. For more than 60 years, he have endeavored to convey the heart of this tea ceremony to people all over the world, both domestically and internationally, with the phrase "peacefulness from a bowl". Through this internet homepage, he hope that the idea of ​​"Wakei Seijaku" conveyed by the tea ceremony can be of some help to peace and happiness, which are the true wishes of all humankind in the world.

Techniques such as high lacquer work and sharpening are used abundantly, and the whole is a gold powder pool, giving a luxurious finish.

The flow of the river is beautifully expressed by the sharpened lacquer work.

On the back of the lid is a beautiful Kao of Pengyunsai Daisou.

The inside is satin finished and you can enjoy a very beautiful and spectacular view.

It is a box book of Pengyunsai Daisou Takumi.

It is a box with the author.

It is said that gold is the oldest metal discovered by humanity. It can be said that the discovery of the gold that is bright in the river bed and that is particularly visible is a huge discovery in human history. Today, according to the records of archeology and classical times, it is said that human relations with gold come from the East around 4000 BC. It has been appreciated as a symbol of wealth, power and eternal value by its dazzling splendor and rarity. In addition, gold that is excellent for corrosion resistance, does not rust or decompose, is still used in various parts of historic monuments and works of art.

Gold is also the most extensible in metals, and 1 gram of gold can be turned into gold leaf with an area of ​​5,000 square centimeters and a thickness of 0.1 micrometers. The golden leaf of Kanazawa etc. It is famous in Japan.

In jewelry, it is mainly used as an alloy such as gold 18. This purpose is to add strength to the reliability of the high corrosion resistance of gold, mainly silver and copper etc.

This is a Natsume decorated with a scenery of Sumiyoshi in the style of Shishiaitogidashimakie. You can enjoy various expressions of the seanery with its gorgeous gold. "Shishiaitogidasimakie" is a technique which combine "Takamakie" and "togidasimakie." "Natsume" is one of the tea sets. It is used for putting powdered green tea in. "Sumiyoshi" refers to the current area of Sumiyoshi district, Osaka prefecture. This area has good view so this area has been used as utamakura(a place name often used in ancient Japanese poems) in tanka. The god of maritime traffic and the safety and tanka is worshippped by people living in Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

住吉 蒔絵 平棗

住吉 Sumiyoshi 蒔絵 Makie

Sumiyoshi means Sumiyoshi Taisha

蒔絵 means, of course, a picture painted by lacquer from some special tree, and gold powder planted on it while it is still wet. This word 蒔くis a verb meaning "to plant, or scatter"(gold powder)

We are sure of the story behind the Makie. generally they choose good omen for the owner of user of Natsume, for example, pine-trees, bamboo, plumb blossoms signifying peace, strength, and beauty respectively. Also, crane and tortoise are believed to live 1000 years or 10,000years, and often are picked up as good design. And shrine is for protection of Sumiyoshi shrine.

About Sumiyoshi Taisha

One of Japan's most renowned shrines, Sumiyoshi Taisha is the head of approximately 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines throughout Japan. At the beginning of each year, more than 2 million worshippers visit the shrine to pray for health and prosperity in the coming year. Encompassed by natural beauty, the shrine grounds overflow with spiritual spots offering a profound sense of history, such as the Sorihashi arched bridge (Taikobashi) - an emblem of Sumiyoshi Taisha - sacred trees over 1,000 years old, numerous cultural properties, and the main shrine hall, which is a designated national treasure.


Kanazawa lacqueware is produced in the area around Kanazawa City, in Ishikawa Prefecture. It was produced as a traditional handicraft to the taste of Japan's feudal lords, under the protection of the Kaga Domain, which was a large domain described as Hyakumangoku, or having the ability to produce a million koku of rice.The characteristics of Kanazawa lacqueware are unparalleled levels of quality, balanced with magnificence. Free use is made of the advanced technique known as maki-e (gold/silver lacquer), creating luxurious and brilliant beauty. Lacqueware is said to have originally been handed down from China, but the maki-e technique is the first to have been produced in Japan. Kanazawa laqcuer ware's maki-e in particular has brought together all of the maki-e techniques handed down to today, including hiramaki-e (flat gold/silver lacquer), tokidashi maki-e (gold/silver lacquer polished to finish), takamaki-e (embossed gilt lacquer work), and shishiaitokidashi maki-e.The reason for the diverse development of maki-e in Kanazawa is said to be that lacquer was used abundantly in the coating of armor during the Hansei Period. Kanazawa's lacquer work is subdivided into four areas: maki-e masters, scabbard masters, utsubo masters, and lacquering masters. This shows that emphasis was placed on both the strength and appearance of the important small tools used by samurai warriors. It is thought that once peace had been achieved, the symbolic samurai decoration was extended from armor to articles used in daily life, and lacquering techniques also developed accordingly.

Around the year 1630, in order to avert the view of the Tokugawa shogunate, which was scared of the power of the Kaga Domain, assets were invested in fine arts and industrial arts to produce peaceful policy. Toshitsune MAEDA, the third-generation lord of the Kaga Domain, actively invited skilled artisans from all parts of Japan to work as teachers. Among these, the skills of Douho IGARASHI, a leading master of maki-e during the Momoyama Period, led to the beginning of Kaga maki-e. Thereafter, the Igarashi school guided pupils under successive generations of feudal lords, pouring its energy into the training of young persons, and thus laying the foundations for Kaga culture. Many famous artisans were produced from the Edo Period through to the Meiji and Taisho Periods, and lacquering technology also advanced throughout this period. Many advanced lacquering techniques blossomed, such as shanome-nuri, and were established as techniques unique to Kanazawa lacqueware. There are few products still existing from the time from the end of the Edo Period through until the Meiji Restoration, due to a decline in handicrafts reputedly caused by economic failure of the Domain. However, the art of Kanazawa lacqueware, which has been handed down over 250 years, was seen in a new light thanks to the economic revitalization that took place after the Second World War.

So about all information, we know that the lacquered arts of Kanazawa begin with the Kaga clan, the Kyoto clan, which emphasized cultural politics at the time. Kanazawa lacquer was initially produced for the furniture on request of the clan who wanted a very refined quality and luxury with elegance. The main characteristic of the Kanazawa lacquer is the splendid and elegant kind of Makie results, a tradition that flows through the Higashiyama culture. Makie's technique is however varied, but albeit in the grace of different styles distinguishes it from everything. It is a combination of two painting techniques, sowing golden dust, and with further painting applications everything is worked with charcoal sharpening. Gold dust is used to give a three-dimensional effect. Artists often use such advanced technologies and with the support of Kanazawa Laquer paints they create heights to give a sense of perspective depending on the design.

Lacquer Kanazawa is not only delicate and bright , but also another unique feature in is often robust and a bit heavy. Naturally such beauty can be understood only with its use.

Wajima Hakuza 輪 島 塗 大棗

Ishikawa is a famous region cultural heritage for makie & Gold Leaf laquer. In the search od details about this Natsume we found the Hakuza Shop that sells products made of gold leaves, a specialty of Kanazawa. Inside is a traditional Japanese warehouse converted into a tea room and completely covered, inside and out, with gold leaves. Spectacular! And definitely in another class when comparing to Sakuda that appears in all the tour guides, but that is very touristy. This is located within the Higashi Chaya area which is a well-preserved area of ​​old wooden houses and a delight to wander around. So, if you think about how to get a nice deal with gold leaf, this could be the right place to find the hotel.

Hakuza, Honten

1-30-4 Moriyama, Kanazawa 920-0843, Ishikawa Prefecture

TAKAGAMINE.JP In mid April, 2008, SEN Genshitsu (Soshitsu XV) made a short visit to Maryland, USA, in order to present a tea offering (kencha) for world peace and a chanoyu lecture-demonstration program for Japanese language majors and professors at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. These took place the morning of April 18, at the academy's Memorial Hall, a place of great reverence. Memorial Hall is housed in the sprawling Bancroft Hall where all the midshipmen reside.The invitation for Dr. Sen to present an introduction of the Japanese Way of Tea at the academy when he went for a private guided tour of the academy in May, 2007. The arrangements were largely made through the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University in nearby Washington, D.C., where Dr. Sen serves as special advisor.For the tea offering ceremony, an offering table had been set up before the blue flag inscribed with the academy's motto, "Don't Give Up the Ship," which hangs on the wall and which has, below it, the names of graduates who were killed in action. Facing this, a tenchaban tea table, on which were set the implements for the making of the tea offering, had been arranged on a low platform.Approximately two hundred men and women, most of them young midshipmen enrolled in the Japanese Language course, attended the program, which was counted as a credit class. They watched attentively as Dr. Sen solemnly prepared the tea and placed it on the offering table. As himself a Japanese veteran of the Second World War who was trained as a naval air force kamikaze pilot, and who has since dedicated himself to spreading peacefulness in this world, as expressed in his personal slogan, "Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea," he conveyed a powerful message through this offering.

Yojijukugo: Ichigo Ichie 一 期 一 会

6 June 2012 By SakuraMagazine

ichigo-ichieKana: い ち ご い ち え

Lit.: A span of time, an encounter.

Lib .: Every encounter is a unique event in life

Some notes.

The meaning is that every meeting with another person must be faced being aware of the fact that we may never see that person again and therefore we must ensure that we do not have regrets for how we behaved.

It is often seen in a romantic sense (the "cultured" version of our "every left is lost", let's say), actually it originates in the art of the tea ceremony (generally speaking of 茶道 sadou and 茶 の 湯 cha no yu), with an underlying idea that is something like "I will do my utmost to show you hospitality and perform this ceremony perfectly, since every meeting is unique in life, that is, we may never see each other again (and I don't want to have regrets for how I act on this occasion)".

It seems that the creation of this Yojijukugo is ascribed to Sen no Rikyuu, a master of the tea ceremony, who lived between 1522 and 1591, who was also an important historical figure (films have also been dedicated to him, one with Toshiro Mifune, Silver Lion in Venice in 1989). He was a Japanese Buddhist monk, Zen, reformer of the tea ceremony codified by himself with the definitive form of wabi-cha.

Tea master of prominent political figures of his time, not only his "school" (in the artistic sense) has survived to this day, but also his home, or rather, his houses, actually, known as "Ura-senke" and "omote-senke" ("Sen-ke" means "Sen family", "omote" and "ura" mean front and back, evidently their position with respect to the road).