Mushakōjisenke

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Mushakōjisenke (武者小路千家?), sometimes referred to as Mushanokōjisenke, is one of the schools of Japanese tea ceremony. Along with Urasenke and Omotesenke, the Mushakōjisenke is one of the three lines of the Sen family descending from Sen Rikyū, which together are known as the san-Senke or "three Sen houses/families" (三千家). The head or iemoto of this line carries the hereditary name Sōshu (宗守).

Mushakōjisenke is associated with Sen Rikyū's great-grandson Ichiō Sōshu (一翁宗守?), who was the second to the oldest of Sen Sōtan's four sons. Like his older brother, he was Sōtan's son by Sōtan's first wife, and through much of his life he lived apart from the Sen house. During this time, he became a lacquer artisan. At the behest of his younger brothers, however, he set up his own tea house, called the Kankyū-an, on Mushakōji street, and became devoted to practicing and teaching the Way of Tea.[1]

Ichiō Sōshu was appointed tea teacher to the Matsudaira clan in Takamatsu, Sanuki province. Until the Meiji Restoration, the family heir through the generations was in service to the Matsudaira of Takamatsu.

Generations[edit]

Generation Personal name Buddhist name
1st Rikyu Sōeki (1522-91) 利休宗易 Hōsensai 抛筌斎
2nd Shōan Sōjun (1546–1614) 少庵宗淳
3rd Genpaku Sōtan (1578–1658) 元伯宗旦 Totsutotsusai 咄々斎
4th Ichiō Sōshu (1605–1676) 一翁宗守 Jikyūsai 似休斎
5th Bunshuku Sōshu (1658–1708) 文叔宗守 Kyoyūsai 許由斎
6th Shinpaku Sōshu (1693–1745) 真伯宗守 Seiseisai 静々斎
7th Kensō Sōshu (1725–1782) 堅叟宗守 Jikisai 直斎
8th Kyūō Sōshu (1763–1838) 休翁宗守 Ittotsusai 一啜斎
9th Nin'ō Sōshu (1795–1835) 仁翁宗守 Kōkōsai 好々斎
10th Zendō Sōshu (1830–1891) 全道宗守 Ishinsai 以心斎
11th Issō Sōshu (1848–1898) 一叟宗守 Isshisai 一指斎
12th Chōshō Sōshu (1889–1953) 聴松宗守 Yūkōsai 愈好斎
13th Tokuō Sōshu (1913–1999) 徳翁宗守 Urinsai 有隣斎
14th (current iemoto) Sen Sōshu (born 1945) 宗守 Futessai 不徹斎

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senke to Kankyū-an no rekishi" in Mushakōjisenke official website. Accessed August 8, 2008.

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