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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.186   12 Mar 2007

Dear Customers & Friends

Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.186.
We seem not to need coats any more. Spring has come!
And our first partnership shop 'rikyucha.com' has opened today!

Rikyucha.com

Do you know Rikyu? Most customers may know him already, but I would like to introduce here again. New shop's name 'Rikyucha' has two words - 'Rikyu' and 'cha(tea ceremony)', and if we can convey Rikyu's mind at least a little, it will become easy to understand shop's concept.

'Senno Rikyu' is the full name, and the master of ceremonial tea who lived in Momoyama Period(1573-1603). He is known as the master who completed 'wabi cha',

Rikyu's Image

It is difficult to tell in short sentence what 'wabi cha' is, however, we would like to write as much as we know. As you know, 'Cha'- tea ceremony is the way of art to offer hospitality with tea('cha'). Before Rikyu, 'cha' was becoming to compete luxuriousness - there was the strong concept of value about tea equipments which was determined by the tea masters and daimyo before then. Rikyu made innovative changes to the tea world - negated floridness and luxuriousness, and valuated unadornment and spirituality of hospitality. Such his concept is called 'wabi' and 'sabi', and gave very deep impact to the Japanese art and philosophy from then. He was taken into confidence by Nobunaga Oda and Hideyoshi Toyotomi(military commanders who made Japan unification), and at last he was ordered to death ( 'harakiri') by Hideyoshi.
Anyway, to explain the spirits of Rikyu Cha is difficult, so we would like to couple of famous anecdote of him.

*In the garden of Rikyu's tea room, morning glories become full bloom gorgeously. At that time, morning glories were very rare, and Hideyoshi wanted to look them. Rikyu invited Hideyoshi for tea ceremony, and Hideyoshi visited with looking forward to see morning glories. However, when Hideyoshi got into the garden, all flowers were missing. He was disappointed deadly. And when he got into the small tea room, he saw only A morning glory flower was put in a vase. Rikyu cut all the flowers except BEST one, and he designed to visitor's attention concentrate to the BEST one. Hideyoshi was said to be delighted and recognized him greatly.

*A day in the late autumn, he ordered a disciple to sweep the garden. The disciple swept all fallen leaves and made every corners clean. He informed completion to Rikyu, but he said cleaning was not completed. The disciple couldn't understand why his master said so. Rikyu scattered handful of fallen leaves to the cleaned garden. Rikyu thought perfect Cleanliness was artificial and not beautiful especially in the late autumn.

*One person asked Rikyu to buy something valuable for his tea ceremony. He tried to give over his saved money to Rikyu. However, Rikyu answered, ' I will buy white fabrics with all this money. If he doesn't have financial capability to get expensive masterpiece, clean white fabrics for tea ceremony are more important. Hospitality spirit of wabi-cha is such kind of thing'.

*A man invited highly-reputed Rikyu to his tea room. He became too nervous and made many failures - dropped the tea cup, spilled water and so on. After the ceremony, an attendant laughed at the failures, but Rikyu said, ' He tried to do best to offer hospitality to us. The ceremony was unsuccessful, but we should learn his SPIRIT to show to us.'

Mr & Ms Takeishi offer tea ceremony goods and 'ocha' spirits at their site.
Here is the message from them.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Shinichi Takeishi, owner of Rikyu. I'm very happy to open my own web-shop today. I would like to say thank you for all who supported us and to convey our special thanks to ICHIROYA,
Mr & Mrs Wada who gave me this chance and a great backup for last a couple of month.

I'm married and have one son. My wife, Takako has been learning a way of Tea (Ura-Sennke Sect) and Flower Arrangement(Ikenobo Sect) for almost 10 years each and she has a license to teach both accordingly. We would like to be able to answer your queries regarding manners and etiquettes on a tea ceremony and a flower arrangement. Please do not hesitate to do so. She is glad to help you anytime.
My son, Joe, is 14 years old and 2nd degree of junior high school. He likes music and learning drums right now. He also likes playing baseball.

I used to live in Seattle WA in 1987-1989 and I have travelled to lots of countries on ex-business so far. I believe that these experiences made me start this business and I'm very glad to get a chance to introduce our culture to overseas through this business.

The place we are living in is close to Dazaifu-Tenmanngo which is one of the famous Shinto Shrine in Japan originally established in 900's to worship Michizane Sugawara who was a high ranking government officer. Especially they are venerated as the God of literature or calligraphy. More than a million of people visit Dazaifu-Tenmanngu to pray on every new years day. They have approximately 6,000 plum trees of 197 varieties in the vicinity of Tenmangu and we can enjoy their blossoms in every March.

We also have lost of traditional kilns near here such as Takatori, Agano, Koishiwara, Karatsu, Imari, Arita and Hagi. All of them have a long history behind them and it would enable us to obtain wonderful items of tea bowls, tea cups, plates and other porcelains and potteries.

Because of the reason above, we would like to introduce information on their history including our seasonable ceremonies from time to time with pictures on our web shop to show you.

Please visit our web shop to enjoy browsing, shopping and touching our history and culture. We are sure that we would be able to prepare something to meet your expectations.

Thank you once again and remember "Rikyu" is opened today.

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Thank you very much for reading to the end. Today, we will list some obi, furisode, kimono, hinagata and antique books. We are very happy if you find your favorite ones among them. And please visit and check Rikyucha.com!
We wish you a subarashii(wonderful) new week.

Ichiro & Yuka Wada
Kimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"
http://www.ichiroya.com

e-mail: info@ichiroya.com
address: Asia-shoji Bldg.301
1841-1 Nishi 1 chome
Wakamatsu cho
Tondabayashi city
Osaka 584-0025 JAPAN
TEL&FAX ****( international number ) - 81-721-23-5446

Sho Calendar!   12 Mar 2007

At the soba shop, I found a fantastic 'sho'(art of calligraphy ) at the wall. I didn't what was written, but from precise look, I understood it is a calendar!
It is stunning! Don't you feel so?