Dimensions of men's tea items

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What are the dimensions of Urasenke men’s items?  I am under the impression that they are larger that womens:

 

Fukusa:  Women: 27.5×28 cm; Mens??

Sensu: Women: 15 cm; Mens 18-24 cm (per “A Chanoyu Vocabulary”)

Kaishi: Women: 14.5 x 17.5 (flat) 14.5 x 9  cm (folded) ; mens??

Kobukusa: Women: ~14.5 x 16 cm; Mens??

is there anything else that differs for men?

 

thanks!

 

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Sensu: 18,4 cm long for men and 15,4 cm for women.

Kaishi: Folded it is 17.5 cm long and 10 cm wide for men and 14.5 and 9 cm for women

Kobukusa and Fuskusa are the same

 

There are many difference in kimono, but other than that I do not know of any more items Urasenke uses different sizes for men and women.

 

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The only thing I would add to Marius’s comment is that women’s fans are 5 sun and men’s are 6 sun.

I’m fairly certain that there are longer “teacher’s” fans but I don’t know the lengths offhand.

  • rhondarolf
    My sensei uses standard female lenghth fan. One of my senseis at Midorikai once said that students should carry the natural ‘blond’ colored fans and only teachers use black/dark fans. However, i have not observed others following that guidance so I’m not sure it is a broad rule (or maybe I misunderstood my sensei)
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I am pretty sure that the only gender differences for dogu are: fukusa, kaishi, and sensu. Those have slight size differences. There are some traditions about women using certain colors for fukusa, but those are broken by women who are senior instructors. White fukusa appear to be an iemoto thing. Regardless, a white fukusa is pretty much a use once item. There is no gender thing with kobukusa. However, you can have taste issues when picking one out just like tea bowls, &c. Kimono are not dogu, but are simply formal Japanese wear. Men are more likely to wear hakama than women. The business about kimono color is complicated and depends on age and other factors. I am by nature inclined to more subdued colors than was considered appropriate for somebody in their thirties. Kimono are sufficiently tricky that people can make a living or at least significantly supplement their income in Japan by dressing other people in kimono.

  • Amr
    Hi Barbara, as a small note, the gender difference in fukusa is color only, the size is exactly the same in Urasenke.
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