Are there set robiraki ceremonies?

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In my experience, the opening of the hearth is not performed in front of guests. Instead, another ceremony such as kuchi-kiri is performed for the first hearth gathering of the season.

I saw this video of a hearth-opening (robiraki) ceremony on Seiyukai’s channel.
The grilling of mochi is a beautiful human element.

I am curious to know if there are similar set ceremonies for other schools/traditions and if there are some nice particularities such as grilling the guests mochi to increase the yang element of the gathering (as robiraki is performed at a yin time to lower the chance of fire).

I look forward to replies from any school/tradition.

  • JOHN LEON LARISSOU
    This is a very interesting and lovely ceremony. The method of setting the gotoku is different from Omotesenke practice.
  • Adam Sōmu
    Thanks for the input, John Leon. Yes, it seems the setting of the gotoku varies greatly among the schools. In the Ueda Tradition, following Oribe’s creativity and love of wild imbalance, the largest foot of the gotoko is set right against the wall of the hearth – the wall closest to kami.
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Similarly I know of no Omotesenke robiraki ceremonies.

Often I suspect that tsubo kazari might be done as you might want to open a new tea jars for the occasion.

  • Adam Sōmu
    I, too, have not come across any set ceremonies for robiraki. In the Ueda Ryu, as Marius says below, there is often a kuchi-kiri ceremony as ‘robiraki’. I actually think preparing the hearth before the guests is quite a laborious chore! If they are familiar guests, well that would be okay, I suppose!
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I haven’t heard of any ceremonies in Urasenke that can only be done for robiraki. It seems like robiraki is used in Ura-context as the name of a event, more than a description of what the event contains just like hatsudate.

  • Adam Sōmu
    Interesting. Of all schools, I thought Ura would have created a set format or ceremony for robiraki. Looks like a nice evolution is happening up Yokohama/Tokyo way.
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