how does sumi temae differ when the furo is iron?


How do the standard Urasenke sumi temae differ when the furo is made of iron* (as opposed to bronze, ceramic, etc.)?

If I understand correctly, the maegawara is red instead of white, and the “water” trigram ☵ is not inscribed in the haigata. Do I gather correctly that the haisaji is not used to “tsuki o kiru” (“cut the moon”) in the ash, and so the haiki/fujibai/haisaji does not appear in the temae? If so, does it follow that the gobaki (third sweeping of the furo) does not take place in shozumi?

Are there further differences?


* and is not a tokiwa-buro, for which the sumi temae is as usual?

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There are 2 factors that affects things you are asking about.

First is shin/gyo/so of furo and haigata. Because of used material bronze furo are considered shin, ceramic – gyo and iron – so. Our most frequently used haigata – nimonji – is gyo, together with many other forms like toyama, Shin haigata looks like fish scales. So haigata that should be used with so (iron) furo is nimonji or round one (I forgot the japanese name) with additional lines drew in ash with hibashi. Because of these lines there is no place for the ‘water’ sign in the middle and it is said that the lines themselves symbolise water. There should be odd number of lines. Red maegawara is also so to fit the overal lookout. If you don’t have red maegawara you could use a piece of broken plate or even a stone if you can find something fitting.

Second thing to consider is shape of furo. If it is kirikakeburo no matter if it’s bronze or iron then you would have hard time to put haisaji through the front window. So the second wiping (nakabaki) is ommited and you don’t bring haiki with fujibai and haisaji at all so yes, they don’t appear in the temae. The shobaki and gobaki is slightly different. Here’s drowing on wiping from Chanoyu Quaterly (chaji shozumi temae)

Hope this helps

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