A detailed walkthrough of the guest etiquette of Urasenke. Useful both for the Urasenke practitioner who wants to brush up on the details and also for students of other schools who want to prepare for an event.
Tsukimi – Moon Viewing
Jiku – Master Kidō
Mizu o kiku sureba/ tsuki te ni ari
I scoop up water and the moon is in my hands
Enlightenment Poem – Chiyono: also known as Mugai Nyodai (1223-1298)
tonikaku ni/ takumishi oke no/ soko nukete/ mizu tamaraneba/ tsuki mo yadorazu
With this and that I tried to keep the bucket together, and then the bottom fell out. Where water does not collect, the moon does not dwell
– Translation, Merle Kodo Boyd, 2013.
菊の露 若ゆばかりに 袖触れて
Kikunotsuyu waka yu bakari ni sode furete/ hana no aruji ni chiyo wa yuzura/ mu
Murasaki Shikibu Diary poem, Modern translation:
I brush my sleeve to gain a little youth
But let she who owns the flowers have the thousand years they bring
Link to Makura Jido: Noh Performance held at Horinji, Arashiyama, on 9/9: