11月炉開をいたしまいた🍵🔥

あっという間に11月霜月でございます。
立冬が過ぎこれから本格的な冬の準備に入ります。
さて、茶道の世界ではこの11月は炉開という行事をします。寒くなってきたので囲炉裏を開けようという行事です。

このように囲炉裏の中に釜を据えより火の暖かさがお客様に近ずくようにと床暖房の役割も担っております。
現在ではこたつ開とも言われているそうで大体この時期にお家ではコタツを出す方が多いらしいです☀️
ここ長野は10月でも寒いので地方によって様々ですね💦
この炉開の時期にイノシシ(ウリボウ)模ったいのこ餅やしるこぜんざいを食べるという言われがあります。
このいのこ餅は実は宮中の行事からきております。

宮中では旧暦十月「亥の月」亥の日の亥の刻に、亥の子餅を亥の子の祝いとして食べて祝う行事を行うそうです。
玄猪、厳重ともいわれます。亥の子餅は万病を払う、豊穣を祝う、火伏せを願う等様々な信仰、風習として庶民にも広がりました。
宮中では御玄猪の儀式というものを行い、柳製の杵二本を握り松製の輪鼓形の臼にて餅を搗く。その時に「神無月 時雨ノ雨ノアシゴトニ 我思ウコとナカエツクツク」と歌を唱えるとされます。
こういった行事から茶道では炉開の時期に趣向で亥の子餅のお菓子や、ツクツク水指「臼型の水指」。御玄猪包の香合などが使われます。

炉開にはしるこぜんざいも食べます。今年はしるこぜんざいを食べました😋
信州産大きな花豆のしるこを毎年お稽古では振る舞います😋
六寸の黒文字のみだと食べずらいので赤杉の箸を添えてお出しいます。この赤杉ですが大変貴重な物らしく手に入らないので普通の杉の箸にベンガラを塗った物が多く市販されています。今回もベンガラを塗った杉の箸を添えてお出ししました😃

It is November Shimotsuki in no time.
After the winter has passed, we will be preparing for full-scale winter.
Well, in the world of tea ceremony this November I will hold an event called Furnace Opening. It’s getting colder so it’s time to open the hearth.
In this way, we are also playing the role of floor heating so that the warmth of fire gets closer to the customer than setting the kettle in the hearth.
At present it seems that it is said to be a kotatsu open and it seems that there are many people who usually put out kotatsu at home this time ☀ ️
Nagano is also cold here in October, so it depends on the region.
There is a saying that you eat grilled rice cakes and shiruko zenzai that mimicked wild boar (uriri) at the time of this furnace opening.
Actually, this innocent rice cake is from the event in the imperial temple.
In the Imperial Palace, we are going to celebrate eating the child’s rice cake of Yama as a celebration of the child of the beach in the morning of the Year of the Year of the Lunar New Year ‘s Day, the Moon of the Year.
Genjiu is also said to be strict. The boiled rice cakes spread to the common people as various faiths and customs such as paying for a million diseases, celebrating fertility, wishing for a hibernation.
In the Imperial Palace, we perform a ceremonial ceremony called a ceremonial buttock, squeezing two pillows made of willow and pounding rice cake with a pine-made ring drum shaped mortar. At that time, it is said to sing a song called “Kannazuki moon rain noodle noagasagotoni us and uko netsukutsuku.”
From these events, in the tea ceremony, sweets of Chi Mochi of Yakui with taste in the time of furnace opening, and water fingers “water finger of mortar”. The incense of Genki Inkera and others are used.
We also eat Saruzen Zenzai for opening the furnace. This year I ate Saruwako Zenzai 😋
Shinju large breeding flower bean ‘s brush acts every year in lesson 😋
If only six-sized black letters are eaten, we will add a red cedar chopsticks and eat it. Although this red cedar is very valuable thing it seems to be unavailable, many things that apply red iron oxide to ordinary cedar chopsticks are on the market. I accompanied cedar chopsticks painted with red iron oxide this time and served it.