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31 Dec 2017

DARUMA - Darumapedia on Facebook


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Posted By Gabi Greve to Daruma San in Japan, Japanese Art and Culture (01)

24 May 2017

MINGEI - chasen tea whisk


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. Tea Ceremony Saijiki 茶道の歳時記 .
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chasen 茶筅 / 茶筌 / 茶せん tea whisk



One of the items used in the tea ceremony is the tea whisk.

. Tea Ceremony Saijiki 茶道の歳時記 .
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Bamboo is not only useful, it's edible, in the form of 筍 (takenoko, bamboo shoots). The empty hollow of bamboo sections can be used in preparing food as well as for carrying it after it's cooked. Bamboo can also be used to make various utensils. Take 箸 (hashi, chopsticks) and 竹べら (takebera, the bamboo spatula used to scoop steamed rice), as well as
茶筅 (chasen, a bamboo whisk used in the tea ceremony).
. Bamboo (take 竹) - Introduction .

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A tea whisk used to whip powdered green tea, matcha 抹茶, and hot water in a tea bowl until it froths.


a) chajimi 茶じみ b) hosaki 穂先 c) karami-ito 絡み糸 d) jiku 軸 e) fushi 節

The whisk is made from one piece of bamboo about 2 to 2 1/2 cm thick and from 9cm to 12cm long. Near one end is a node. A little beyond the node on the longer end, string is interlaced, karami-ito 絡み糸, to hold the longer ends which are split finely into a varying number of extremely thin strips. The string is intertwined to create two rows of strips. Those on the outer edge have their tips curved inwardly, and those pulled toward the center have their tips curved out. This creates a double tipped whisk.
Whisks are classified by the number of tips: those having 80 to 120 or more are called multi-tipped; those with fewer are designated medium or sparse.
White bamboo is preferred by the Ura Senke 裏千家 School;
sooty bamboo by the Omote Senke 表千家 School;
green or purplish bamboo by the Kankyuu'an 官休庵 School.
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- ABC - List of Chasen from the Prefectures


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Takayama Tea Whisks
Among the foreigners who are interested in Japanese culture, many may find tea ceremony quite interesting. Beautiful shades of green, delicate and deliberate mannerisms and a spirit of gracious service are some of its most appealing aspects. Tools that are used for tea ceremony are also very traditional and may be found only in Japan.
Chasen is a necessity for tea ceremony. It is a tool that looks like a whisk.



It is not for whipping but for mixing hot water and tea powder evenly, a process that determines the texture and taste of the tea. Takayama cho in Ikoma city生駒市, Nara prefecture is known for its 400-year Chasen production history, and its market share is more than 90% of the entire nation's.
Takayama Chasen is registered as one of the Traditional Crafts of Japan.
A typical Chasen
is constructed with 64 pieces each for its inside and outside, for a total of 128 thinly cut bamboo peels. These are divided into two sections, inside and outside, after being tied together at their ends. Then, each piece is gently stretched to create curves, using only one's fingertips and a small knife. Although much time and effort is needed to create a Chasen, it is not durable. In fact, some of them reach the end of their lifespan after a single use. Even if you are careful, it will only last several times at most.
A famous Japanese proverb, "Ichigo ichie",
means that only one opportunity exists for one meeting. In other words, each moment is precious because each moment will never be the same. "Serving tea means this very moment of spending time together will never repeat itself again. Therefore, I will present the best tea I can for you."
Japan's grand master of tea, Sen Rikyu, taught this way of thinking. By looking at the delicate feminine shape of Chasen, one is filled with a sense of serenity, and remembers the words of this tea master.
source : japan-brand.jnto.go.jp/crafts


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. Reference - chasen tea whisk .


. take gangu 竹玩具 bamboo toys .
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The Chasen (or bamboo matcha whisk) is an integral part of Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony. It is used to make the powdered green tea called Matcha in a bowl. These days, many types of Chasen can be found in various colors and thickness. The highest quality whisks are made by hand, including the detailed work of curling the thin strands of bamboo.
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. chasen matsu 茶筅松 "pine like a tea whisk" .
pulling out small pine seeldings, komatsu hiki 小松引
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元旦や青竹茶筅音の冴ゆ
gantan ya aodake chasen oto no sayu

New Year's Day -
the sound of the green tea whisk
is so crisp and clear


秋山のぶ Akiyama Nobu




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6 May 2017

LEGENDS - matagi bear hunter legends


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. Japanese legends and tales 伝説 民話 昔話 - Introduction .
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matagi 又鬼 - マタギ と伝説 Legends about bear hunters

mata oni ni naru 又鬼 "I have to become a demon again" . . . matagi . . .
The matagi hunter only takes life when it is absolutely necessary to support his life and the forest. He apologizes to the forest for taking life, prays for the soul of the dead animal and gives thanks to the circle of mountain life.

Many Matagi live in Ani town in Akita. 秋田県阿仁

. matagi 又鬼 - マタギ bear hunters .
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マタギ奇談 - 狩人たちの奇妙な語り
工藤隆雄 Eto Takao

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越後三面山人記 - マタギの自然観に習う
田口洋美 Taguchi Hiromi

日本の狩猟文化研究の第一人者、東北芸術工科大学教授兼狩猟文化研究所所長・田口洋美氏の若き日の意欲作、隠れたロングセラーを文庫化。
朝日連峰の山懐、新潟県の三面川(みおもてがわ)中流の深い谷間にあった三面集落。
今は三面ダムの底に沈んだこの山里の狩猟文化・山村習俗を、四季折々の山の民の暮らしを追うかたちで詳細に記録した、著者若き日の意欲作。
第一章 狩りの日の出来事
第二章 降りしきる雪の中で-冬-
第三章 山の鼓動とともに-春-
第四章 むせるような緑に抱かれて-夏-
第五章 時雨れる雲ノ下で-秋-
第六章 山人の自然学



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kodama nezumi コダマ鼠 / 小玉鼠 Kodama Nezumi Yokai monster - Little Ball Rat


source : twitter.com/meirojp/status

It is feared by the Matagi of Akita, especially in Ani. Some say it evolved from seven Matagi who died the same day during a hunting accident.
If the rat hears the sound of a gun, it will rush to the spot and interfere with the hunting. When it spots a human, it stops what it's doing, inflates like a balloon, explodes and splatters the hunter with its own blood and guts.
If the hunters become aware of one, the Matagi will retreat from the mountain as fast as they can.

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Once upon a time in winter
a group of seven young Matagi went to the mountain forest. At night it begun to snow. On the second morning a young woman came to their hut and asked to be allowed to take shelter. On that night, the woman sucked the soul out of six of them and killed them. The last one woke up in time, took his hatched and chased the monster away.

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kakesu カケス / 橿鳥 / 懸巣 jay, Garrulus glandarius
If the jay make a racket, it will certainly rain. The Matagi pay attention to them.

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北秋田郡 阿仁町 Ani

Once their was a Matagi family wanting for food. Just then Kobo Daishi passed their hut and they wanted to take away his robes. He tried to understand their plight and told them, "Even if you now repent,
mata oni ni naru - you will become Oni again!
Hunting is your job, so go ahead and do it."
This is the origin of their name.
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Yamagami no sakabu 山神のサカブ(叫び)は細く硬い声で、遠いところで響く鉦の音に似ている。女の声にも似ているが少し違う。明治30何年かに、この声で7尺5寸もある大きな熊を発見して捕ったことがあったという。

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鹿角郡 Katsuno district 小坂町

iwana 岩魚
昔柴内という村の八郎 Hachiro というマタギが、仲間と共に奥瀬山に入った時、雪溶け水に泳ぐ岩魚を救って食べた。するとあんまり喉が渇き、持っていたワッパで飲んでも間に合わず、腹ばいして鯨飲しているうちにその身が蛇身と化し、遂に十和田湖へ飛び込んで主となったという。

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仙北郡 Senboku district 角館町 Kakunodate

If the mice are disappearing from a Matagi's mountain hut, they know that something is amiss and disaster looming.
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若い狩人(マタギ)が生け捕った猿を逃がしてやった。すると、猿は大勢の仲間と共に苺や栗をお礼に持ってきた。
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マタギが雪崩にあい、埋まっていたが、その頃村の人たちはマタギの一行が肩に小長柄を担いで山から下りる姿を見た。幽霊であった。小長柄を肩に担ぐと雪崩にあうと言われている。

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女房が親父の仕事をしている山へ弁当を届に行ったら山の神 Yama no Kami の怒りに触れて木の下敷きになり死んだ。

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山本郡 Yamamoto district 藤里町

マタギが猟をしている間、炊事当番の小僧のところに山人 Yamahito が来る。次の日、マタギが巻物を小刀で追い払った。山人が去る時には大荒になった。

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bears and hunters enjoying a break
野間仁根色紙 painting by Noma Hitone


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マタギの家では寒三十日の間は決して豆を煎らない。豆を煎ったとき豆の跳ねる音がすると、その響きで山に雪崩が起きるという。また、節分の日に豆を煎り、その豆を食べて山へ出かけると災難に遭わず、その豆を山に持参すると災厄を除くという。

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仙台市 Sendai 太白区 Taihaku

. The brothers 万二万三郎 Banji and Banzaburo and the matagi マタギ hunters of Nikko. .


24 more legends from Miyagi

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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -
マタギ 49 to explore (02)
Akita 12 0K




Nametoko yama no kuma なめとこ山の熊 The bears of Nametoko Mountain
宮沢賢治 Miyazawa Kenji

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. Legends about Kobo Daishi Kukai - 弘法大師 空海 - 伝説 .

. Japanese legends and tales 伝説 民話 昔話 - Introduction .

- Yookai 妖怪 Yokai Monsters of Japan -
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