Oct 10, 2010
In chanoyu, October is a transitional month from furo to ro season. It is when the tea leaf jar from last year is getting down to the bottom and all that are left are broken leaves. The furo moves closer to the guests to the center of the tatami mat in anticipation of the ro season. There is a nostalgic lingering feeling of farewell.that the a Japanese call nagori.
October is also called the most wabi month and it is the time we see the cracked and broken utensils that have been lovingly repaired. Images of frost, wind, colored leaves, chestnuts, autumn grasses, wild mushrooms and mountain paths are good seasonal themes to use for gomei and chakai.
And one of my favorite little tidbits about this season is the Japanese folk tale kimamori or the guardian persimmon. That is, one last fruit is left on the tree as a talisman to ensure that the harvest for next year is abundant.