Ceramic versus bronze kensui

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Are there rules for when to use a ceramic kensui (not part of a kaigu set) and when to use a bronze kensui? Or can you use both interchangeably?

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One should bear in mind when doing the toriawase of utensils to respect the rules of “shin”(formal), “gyo” (semi-formal) and “sô” (informal), including characteristic of the kensui as well. Most of the ceramic kensuis are in the “sô” category (e.g. Oribe kensui, etc.) with some exceptions that you could have a ceramic one used in a gyô toriawase of utensils.

  • Helena
    Is the bronze efugo kensui ‘shin’? Is the rule that all the items in your toriawase should be in the same category of either shin, gyo or so? Should koicha toriawase always be shin?
  • fukuda
    The ekobu bronze kensui (the most ‘common’ one) can be shin, gyô and sô. Preferably when choosing the dôgus, they should be in harmony, so the shin, gyô, sô apply. For koicha, there’s no such rule for the toriawase, since it all depends of the temae that is being performed. Of course there are ceramic kensuis and ceramic kensuis, artist-made ones, mass produced ones…
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The way I understand it they can be used interchangeably for most temae. Some temae have a special kensui as mandatory. In most cases I think ceramic has a less formal feel than the karakane kensui.

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Ceramic are considered more informal. Always for bonryaku and chabako (since these are very casual), and often for hakobi usucha I use ceramic.  Use bronze for koicha since it is more formal.

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