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Otagaki Rengetsu | Sencha Tea Pot by Kuroda Koryo

Otagaki Rengetsu | Sencha Tea Pot by Kuroda Koryo


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Teapot by Kuroda Koryo, whose seal is impressed on the body of the pot, right to the spout. Dated: 1868

Looking like
the gleam of a sickle
sharpened by a woodsman
for his next day's work —
the light of the evening moon.


Yamagatsu ga
asu no isogi ni
togu kama no
hikari ni ni taru
yuuzuki no kage.


Original box (tomobako with poem inscription): Coming and going
I feel neither
beginning nor end...
strange as a white cloud
this heart of mine!


Utsuri yuku
hajime mo hate mo
shirakumo no
ayashiki mono wa
kokoro nari keri.


The custom of drinking sencha was first popularised by Chinese Chan (Zen) monks who immigrated to Japan in the mid seventeenth century and founded the Obaku Zen sect. By Rengetsu's day, sencha had evoleved into a formal tea service, with rules of etiquette and prescribed utensils emulating chanoyu. However, the literati continued to drink the beverage more informally in quiet protest against chanoyu and as an adjunct to other literati pursuits including painting pictures and composing poetry. (Patricia C. Graham: in Black Robe White Mist, 2006, p. 65)

Original box (tomobako) with poem inscription.