A family descended from Sen no Rikyu that transmits the tradition of Sado (The Way of Tea). It is one of the three Sen families. The family estate was inherited by Koshin Sosa, the third son of Rikyu's grandson, Genpaku Sotan. Fushin'an is the representative Omotesenke tea house and the word is also used to mean the Iemoto. Each generation of Grand Master takes the name 'Sosa', and the present Grand Master, Jimyosai Sosa, is the fourteenth in line.
1912/1912 - 1981 (1912-1981) origin: the Risaku Hayashi of Shimonoseki third son. Empire School of Fine Arts (now the Musashino Art University) graduate.
1948 (1948), married the teen slope of Korea Saemon second daughter. Enter the Matsumoto Hagi of hill house, she studied with teen Koryo Saemon.
1954 (1954), contemporary Japanese ceramic art exhibition first prize. Winning thereafter.
1958 (1958), eleven generations Koryo Saemon Shumei
1966 (1966), Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition winners
1968 (1968), Ichisuikai member
1971 (1971), Japan Crafts Association regular member
1973 (1973 ), Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan Arts Award winner
1975 (1975), Yamaguchi Prefecture intangible cultural property holders certified person of cultural Merit
[XIV thousand Sohidari Omotesenke XIV]
14代 宗左(而妙斎) 1938－
Jimyosai Sosa 而妙斎宗左の生涯
Jimyosai Sosa Biography 而妙斎 宗旦
[幼名] 岑一郎 [名] 宗員・宗左・宗旦 [号] 而妙斎
[生没年] 昭和十三年(1938年) ― 年(年)
[享 年] 00歳
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The second biggest school of the japanese tea ceremony is Omotesenke. Omotesenke school of tea was established by Koushin Sousa (Kōshin Sōsa) (1613-72) who also inherited the teahouse named Fushinan. The current head of Omotesenke-fushinan-foundation is Iemoto Sōsa Jimyosai. The name Omotesenke comes from the following Japanese; "Omote" comes from the location of the Fushin-An teahouse which faces the front and main street. In Japanese, "front" is called "Omote". The "Senke" part as in both Urasenke and Omotesenke means the "house of sen". Due to its location this school is the teahouse on the front street.
There are some differences during the tea ceremony performed by Urasenke and Omotesenke. For example, Urasenke whisks the Macha strongly so that the froth is covered with a layer of foam. Omotesenke has some foam on top of the tea too but leaves, what is referred to as a "lake", in the center open and free of foam.
Omotesenke uses Susudake which is smoked-bamboo or darkened-bamboo for its Chasen, while Urasenke prefers to use blank, untreated bamboo for its Chasen.
Some people say that Urasenke likes to display and show-off its most valuable and expensive utensils to impress its guests. Utensils made by famous craftsmen or expensive brand tools are said to be preferred by Urasenke. Omotesenke however, prefers to keep things simple and plain. This does not mean that cheap junk is used to perform the Japanese tea ceremony, but that more consideration is given to balance various utensils so that they will each receive adequate attention and won't be overlooked.