debunix wrote:What are the containers in the taobaocon holding--incense, water, candles...?
blairswhitaker wrote:it does seem a little strange considering chado is all about tea, but these items are considered aesthetically indispensable to any tea gathering, and make an appearance of no less than three times at a standard chaji. At larger chakai they are always represented and admired along with things like chawan, chashaku, and natsume, as well as being appreciated as objects of art they are also a symbol to guests that they are in a welcoming atmosphere and the host has prepared for their every need.
(note: no one would actually use these to smoke with, they are for aesthetic admiration only.)
now, how does one feel a welcoming atmosphere when presented with a smoking set, but not supposed to smoke? is that a way of torturing smokers?