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Chado or Sado
(Tea Ceremony)


Chasen A bamboo whisk for stirring matcha and hot water in the drinking bowl
A bamboo spoon for scooping tea powder from its container (chaire or natsume)
A container for storing koicha powder; made of ceramics
Natsume A container for storing usucha powder; usually lacquerware
A square hearth that is dug in the tatami floor for building fire with charcoal
Furo A portable charcoal stove that is set on the floor. Water is heated over it in a kama
Kama An iron pot for boiling water
A water container that is used to adjust the temperature of hot water and to rinse the chasen
Koicha A strong, thick tea that is prepared with plenty of matcha. A single bowl of koicha is passed around for the guests to share.
Usucha A kind of tea that is prepared with a small amount of matcha and a lot of hot water. This is the kind of matcha that is commonly drunk. One serving is prepared for each guest.
A scroll that is hung up on the wall. It can have on it text material, such as a waka (a 31-syllable poem), Zen saying, or letter, or a painting.
A container for arranging flowers
Teishu The person who prepares tea for the guests and entertains them; the host who has invited the guests
Mizuya A facility next to the tearoom, where preparations for the temae and tea ceremony are made. It has the functions of a kitchen and has a sink and cupboard.
Gyoji Any of the various events that have to do with sado
Chaji A kind of tea ceremony in which guests are fully entertained with a meal, koicha, and usucha
Tokudo A ceremony in which a person makes a pledge with a master and becomes a Buddhist apprentice in order to deepen one's faith in Buddhism. There are two kinds of tokudo: shukke tokudo, in which a person becomes a priest, and zaike tokudo, in which a person becomes a layman without renouncing the world. So'oku underwent zaike tokudo.
Saigo The name that one receives from the master as a Buddhist apprentice when one goes through tokudo. Sai originally meant "room," and the name of the room that an apprentice was given to undergo training came to be used as the name of the apprentice.