Fuden-An： Leaves from a Tea-Journal
My activities in April[June 2017]
KOBORI Sojitsu (the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School )
Again, this month I will write about the activities I undertook in April.
1st: Rehearsal of the tea certificate giving ceremony scheduled the next day. In the evening, I attended meeting of the federation of the Enshu school. I learned that Mr. Seizo Hayashiya had passed away. It is a huge loss for me and soon I will take the opportunity to talk about him.
2nd: Tea certificate giving ceremony.
3rd: Interview with a medical journal. In the evening, I took some time to reflect on the combination of materials for thin tea to be used at a tea ceremony scheduled for the 23rd. In this preparation, I discovered that my father had made a bamboo tea scoop on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of his father's death.
4th: Disciples training. I attended the entrance ceremony of Gakushuin Women's University.
5th: I spend all day in the training room to accompany the disciples training in tea ceremony. Since the end of last month, I have not been feeling well due to an allergy to pollen.
6th: Disciples training. Physical exercises in the morning.
7th: I attended the entrance ceremony of Gakushuin High School. At noon, a regular meeting of the Rotary Club. After a meeting of my executive committee, I had an interview session with Mr. Isoda for the Enshu magazine.
8th: The planned event was canceled so I had my day entirely free. Inspired by the bamboo tea scoop that I discovered the other day, I started preparing a bamboo spoon like my father did. I almost completed it towards the evening.
9th: I prepared a poem accompanying the bamboo tea scoop. I wrote it on the case containing this scoop. In the afternoon, I saw, for the first time in a long time, two films: "La La Land" and "Jackie". Both were moderately good.
10th: I attended the opening of the art of tea exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum, which was quite splendid
11th: Business trip to Fukuoka to train the members of the Konshukai association.
12th: After the lessons in Fukuoka, I moved to Kyoto.
13th: I gave a training session at Yakushiji temple in Nara in the morning. Back in Tokyo, in the evening, I trained some of my disciples.
14th: A regular meeting of the Rotary Club. Training session for the Bunmeikai association.
15th: In the morning I went to the hairdressers and did physical exercises in the afternoon.
16th: I conducted a tea ceremony organized for the graduates of the Gakushuin School.
17th: I was invited to a tea ceremony.
18th: I trained disciples. I left for Kanazawa for a business trip.
19th: I returned from Kanazawa to Tokyo in the morning. From Tokyo Station, I went directly to Gakushuin School to attend a meeting. In the evening I gave a lecture, at the request of Mr. Hirai, coach of the National Swimming Federation, on Japanese culture through the art of tea at the National Sports Training Center. I made tea for swimmers including Kosuke Hagino, Daiya Seto, Ryosuke Irie and Rikako Ikee.
20th: A day for disciples training. I did physical exercises in the morning. In the afternoon, I went to see a No performance organized on the occasion of the inauguration of the "Ginza Six" leisure complex. In the evening, I went to Tokyo Dome for a baseball game between Nippon Ham and Orix.
21: A regular meeting of the Rotary Club. Checkup at the dentist. Preparation for the next day’s ceremony.
22nd: Commemoration of the 7th anniversary of my father's passing at Kotokuji Temple in Nerima district.
23rd: A tea ceremony in memory of my father organized at my home. I think I have done my best. I left for Kyoto in the evening.
24th: I attended the funeral of the former superior of the Kohoan temple and Daitokuji temple. Back in Tokyo in the evening, my entire family came together to commemorate the memory of my father.
25th: Trip to Nagoya. Once again, I met Mr. Hideki Nakata who this time was sitting right behind me on the bullet train.
26th: I attended a tea ceremony organized by the Nagoya branch of the Enshu school. Returned to Tokyo in the evening.
27th: Trip to Osaka for a meeting of the Osaka Mahokai Association.
28th: Returned to Tokyo. I offered tea as part of the tea art exhibition. Dinner appointment in the evening.
29th: Trip to Kure for the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Kure branch.
30th: I gave a lecture at the commemoration of this anniversary. Tea ceremony and reception. Returned to Tokyo the next day.