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The Water Vessel in Wabi-cha

The Mizusashi, a vessel for cold water, is a tea utensil used for controlling the temperature of the hot water boiled in the kettle. Initially, imported metalware was used for the Mizusashi in Japan, but Japanese people gradually developed their own style. They discovered the beauty of the pail with a handle, Te-oke, used in everyday life, and lacquered it, in a particularly striking example of this.

People used wooden buckets called Tsurube for drawing water from wells in daily life. Sen Rikyû is the first tea man recorded to have used a wooden well bucket as the Mizusashi in a tea ceremony. An un-lacquered well bucket is now called Ita-Tsurube, and it is a tea utensil that symbolizes Sen school tea.

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