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Understanding the Rank of Tea Ceremony Utensils

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OolongDragon.com: Choosing the utensils to use in a tea ceremony depends on factors such as the season and occasion.

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									Understanding the Rank
      of Tea Ceremony
               Utensils
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    Choosing the utensils to use
    in a tea ceremony depends
    on factors such as the
    season and occasion.
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 This custom originated from the time
 when people were treated based on rank.
 It was also applied to the use of utensils.
The Manner by which a Utensil is Handled

                      Low rank utensils
                      are not carried
                      with two hands.
                      They are picked
                      up with one and
                      never held with 2
                      except for a short
                      time.
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   High rank
   utensils are
   carried in close
   proximity to the
   body, almost
   near the
   stomach for
   stability.
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  A lower rank utensil such as waste water
  container is carried at waist level.
The Sequence the Utensils are Attended

Utensils that are high in rank are brought
inside the room before lower ranking
utensils.




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The alcove (tokonoma) is considered to
be the most important area in the tea
room.
                         Rank is
                       indicated by
                          one’s
                       proximity to
                            it.
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In the room, guests are seated near the
alcove while the guest of honor is seated
first in the row closest to the alcove.
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   Utensils are placed
   within easy view
   and also indicate
   importance.
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Japanese Tea Ceremonies,
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