8587Re: [SCA-JML] New file uploaded to sca-jml
- Oct 31, 2002Ii Saburou wrote:
> On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, Barbara Nostrand wrote:I would say "welcome to the funky world of Japanese stuff" but you've been
> > Noble Cousin!
> > Greetings from Solveig! Most tea houses of which I am aware
> > use Sino-Japanese names such as Konnichian. The ending of
> > the name is partly dictated by the size of the tea house.
> > The largest -an is 4.5 mats and the smallest -tei is 4.5 mats.
> Um.. Please forgive my humble intrusion, but is not a 4.5 mat room equal
> in size to a 4.5 mat room? Or is this a zen big/small comparison?
What this means is that -an typically went *up* to 4.5 and -tei *started* at
4.5. When it *is* 4.5, you can find either term applied. <shrug>
I tend to think that such specific definitions of space would be very late
period (given the history of the development of the private Tea space), if
not post-Period itself. Lots of places were called -tei or -an regardless of
purpose and regardless of size, anyway, historically speaking.
This *does* seem to be likely a safe observation, however, with the high-Edo
culture Tea facilities.
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