Sequence of kyojo

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Would anyone describe the sequence/hierarchy of kyojo in Mushakojisenke武者小路千家, Enshuryu遠州流, Uedaryu上田流 and Sohenryu宗偏流? There is some information in Wikipedia but I am not sure of the accuracy. Thanks a lot.

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Found some information in a officially printed source about Mushakojisenke.

The sequence of kyojo in Mushakojisenke comes like this : Nyumon入門, Naraigoto習事, Karamono唐物, Sâtsubako茶通箱, Daitenmoku台天目, Bonten盆点, Midarekazari乱飾 and Shindaisu真台子. Midarekazari is the highest kyojo for women, whilst shindaisu is the highest attainable for men, yet these two kyojo are reserved to a very small number of students.

  • JOHN LEON LARISSOU
    Very interesting. It is the same as Omotesenke used to be except karamono and satsubako are in reverse order. Now Omotesenke has divided naraigoto into naraigoto and kazari mono.
  • Tea Meditation
    John, thank you for your information about Omotesenke.
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For the Ueda Sōko Ryū, the order of Sōden 相傳 (equivalent of ‘Kyojyo’ for Urasenke) is:

1. Nyumon入門

2. Satsūbako 茶桶箱

3. Karamono 唐物

4. Bondate 盆点 (Karamono bondate 唐物盆点)

5. Daitenmoku 台天目 (Daitenmoku for kinin with karamono chaire 貴人台天目唐物)

6. Daitenmoku Bondate 台天目盆点 (Daitenmoku for kinin with bondate karamono chaire)

When you obtain all the 6 above, you have ‘kaiden 皆伝’ (all veiled transmissions). You can also open your own Shachū 社中 (teaching practice / branch).

You can go further and get your tea name, called ‘chagō’ in the Ueda Ryu. It usually happens once every 10 years or so that the Iemoto decides to give out chagō. In special circumstances the current Grandmaster is known to grant chagō outside the usual waiting period.

7. 茶号

8 is reserved for the Grandmaster only. 8 would be the Midare Daisu 乱れ台子. It was given out until the old manuscripts were discovered a few decades ago. Now only the Grandmaster keeps the Midare transmission as recorded in the old manuscripts.

All of the Sōden in the Ueda Ryū are transmitted by the Grandmaster directly. You attend Wafūdō (the Iemoto of Ueda Ryū) and participate in a full chaji. In the chaji the Grandmaster transmits the particular Sōden temae in the koicha session. Then Wakasōshō (next Grandmaster to-be) conducts the usucha session.

Sōden ceremonies happen twice a year, in Spring and Autumn.

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