Is there a different knot used for the Nagao Chaire when there is no tea in it like the normal chaire?

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I was in a dogu-ya and saw a really interesting knot on the Nagao Chaire and was wondering if there is a different knot used when we store the chaire with no tea in it.  After asking my teacher, it seems Urasenke only uses one knot to tie the Nagao, for both with there is tea and when there is no tea.  Does anyone know any details why or who uses the different knot?

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According to my Urasenke teacher in Belgium: there is a different knot for the nagao chaire in the tearoom with the tea in the chaire and for outside the tea room when the chaire is in storage. The knot for storage that he taught me is the most simple flower knot with five petals in the picture below. He said that in the olden days every tea person used to have their own knot for storing the nagao chaire. By having a personal way of tying the knot, they could easily see if someone had tampered with the chaire and put poison in it in their absence.

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting a Japanese knot-art master and she had a whole collection of different nagao knots (see picture below). She taught me a variation on the flower knot which is a dragon fly.

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There is a different knot used by Urasenke for storing or rather for use outside of the tearoom. I saw it few times in mizuya used by Urasenke but it is not common. I don’t know why.

 

  • Adam
    I checked my information and it was wrong. Officially there is one knot for mizuya and for tearoom use in Urasenke. “Although some playful people likes to tie all kinds of knots.” said one of my sensei. Sorry for confusion.
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There is one, but it is not common anymore. It is a simple hanamusubi (flower-knot).

It is the same as shown in this video – featuring a “oimatsu chaki” with shifuku (probably omotesenke).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqBHcgIXa4g

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In both Omotesenke and Urasenke the storage knot is a five petal “flower” knot as mentioned above. The storage knot for a chawan is essentially the same. Curiously the two schools tie the “use” knot upside down from each other.

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The hanamusubi mentioned with video link by Thomas is used in Ueda Sōko Ryū as well, tied in the almost the same order as Omotesenke. There is a variation that eliminates the centre knot, thus placing less stress on the cord when resting. It is common practice to used this as the resting not (no tea). We also refer to it as ‘ume-musubi’ as it resembles an ume flower.

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