Bondemae with multiple people?

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Reviewing my notes on the informal bondemae (usucha with a round tray and a tesubin), it always seems to assume that there is only 1 bowl to be made, and then you take everything out.   After the bowl returns, there is only a rinsing of it,  but no drying of it with the chakin and no cleaning of the chasen. I have seen Edo-senke and Ura-Senke videos on YouTube, but they all cut off as soon as the first bowl is served. So first – is my recollection of the 1 bowl procedure correct (yes, I realize that exact placements differ between schools), and second, what if you want to serve additional bowls?

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In Urasenke in all usucha temae in which you have just one chawan you follow the same procedure:

– add hot water
– pour hot water into kensui

at this point the guest may ask the host to finishe up, assuming the do not
– take the chakin
– wipe the chawan
– add tea and hot water
– wish and serve

this process repeats at least as many times as there are guests, but every guest may have as many bowls of usucha as they like and the host just repeat the sequence. Once the guests lett the host know that they do not want further bowls of usucha the sequence is
– Host acknowledge the request
– Host place the tea bowl down, and add water (cold water in most temae, but hot in temae using not using kama and mizusashi)
– Host does chasen toshi
– Cold water is poured out into the kensui
– Chakin is placed in teh chawan, then the chawan is placed on the tatami
– Chasen goes into the chawan

  • Marius Frøisland
    Ahh… you right, tried to make it too general. I have updated my answer to reflect this. If you find it useful please give it a vote and even click accept answer.
  • Elmar
    Thanks. Between your answer and my old notes, I have figured out a procedure that works for me, although it is not quite the same as ura-senke’s.
  • Helena
    In response to Elmars comment by the admin: in Urasenke ryakubon, the bowl is not dried after the final chasen toshi. You just pour out the water and put the chakin in the bowl as it was in the beginning. In the chabako temae that use a tray, it is a different matter. In u no hana the bowl is dried after the final chasen toshi. Not sure about the other chabako temae or about chitose bon.
  • Marius Frøisland
    Generally you wipe chawan after usucha temae only when your placing a kobukusa or a shifuku into it. Like you do for the chabako. I do not think you do it for chitosebon, but I’m not 100% certain.
  • Helena
    We happened to do chitose bon in okeiko today, and indeed you do not wipe the bowl after final chasen toshi for chitose bon. As you said, the reason that it isn’t dried is because there isn’t a kobukusa to be placed in the bowl or a shifuku to be wrapped around it.
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