Shomen of futa-oki when using the O-ita

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Which way should the shomen(front) of the futa-oki facing when using and O-ita? Is it the same for different uses of this ita, especially between naka-oki and normal hakobi temae?

  • Marius Frøisland
    Did you have a particular school in mind? If yes the question should be in a school category not chanoyu.
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The shômen of futaoki is always in the direction of the hishaku‘s handle. On the oita, the handle points to he right, so the futaoki no shômen is in this direction. If you use the oita in the regular furo position (may – september) then it is the same orientation as in nagaita futasuoki – towards the teishu. I would never use the oita this way, but I think it is possible.

  • Marius Frøisland
    What school is this answer valid for?
  • Thomas Breiter
    I know only Urasenke – I don’t know about other schools.
  • JOHN LEON LARISSOU
    This answer would work for Omotesenke too but I must add that there is a rule against using the ooita for nakaoki temae in our school.
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Based on the Rikyu Densho, I would say that the shomen of the futa-oki should always be aligned with the host’s “kane” – that is the line the host’s body faces during service, just as the seam of a mentsu/maga-wappa kensui is.  So if one faces the head of the service mat, it is straight; if one faces 45 degrees as with a ro outside the service mat, then it is also 45 degrees.  If one has the ro in a different position, i.e. on other side of the mat’s border, then the kane also rotates appropriately.  The futa-oki is after all for the host, not the guest.

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