Prevent Assassination With Tea

Taiko, a warrior who lived in Japan before the Tokugawa era, studied Cha-no-yu, tea etiquette, with Sen no Rikyu, a teacher of that aesthetical expression of calmness and contentment. Taiko’s attendant warrior Kato interpreted his superior’s enthusiasm for tea etiquette as negligence of state affairs, so he decided to kill Sen no Rikyu. He pretended to make a social call upon the tea-master and was invited to drink tea.

The master, who was well skilled in his art, saw at a glance the warrior’s intention, so he invited Kato to leave his sword outside before entering the room for the ceremony, explaining that Cha-no-yu represents peacefulness itself. Kato would not listen to this. “I am a warrior,” he said. “I always have my sword with me. Cha-no-yu or no Cha-no-yu, I have my sword.”

“Very well. Bring your sword in and have some tea,” consented Sen no Rikyu. The kettle was boiling on the charcoal fire. Suddenly Sen no Rikyu tipped it over. Hissing steam arose, filling the room with smoke and ashes. The startled warrior ran outside.

The tea-master apologized. “It was my mistake. Come back in and have some tea. I have your sword here covered with ashes and will clean it and give it to you.” In this predicament the warrior realized he could not very well kill the tea-master, so he gave up the idea.

 

Taiko, adalah seorang ksatria sebelum masa Tokugawa, tertarik mempelajari upacara minum teh dengan Sen no Rikkyu, guru dalam hal estetika dan ketenangan. Namun, Kato, ajudannya, seorang samurai dengan kemampuan tinggi, memandang ketertarikan tuannya itu sebagai pengabaian tugas, maka ia berniat membunuh Sen no Rikkyu. Ia berpura-pura mengundang Sen No Rikkyu untuk acara minum teh.

Sen no Rikkyu dengan kemampuan yang tinggi benar-benar memahami maksud Kato, maka ia mempersilahkan sang samurai untuk meninggalkan pedangnya di depan pintu ruang upacara. Kato menolak mentah-mentah “Aku adalah seorang ksatria, upacara minum teh atau bukan, pedangku tetap kubawa”

“Baiklah, silahkan bawa pedangmu dan mari minum teh” Sen no Rikkyu menyerah. Teko teh dididihkan diatas tungku arang. Tiba-tiba Sen no Rikkyu menyenggolnya. Uap mendesis memenuhi ruangan dengan asap dan debu. Kato lari terbirit-birit keluar ruangan.

Sang ahli teh memohon maaf “Aku yang salah. Mari kembali masuk dan minum teh, pedangmu ada disini dikotori arang, akan kubersihkan dan kukembalikan padamu”. Saat itu juga Kato menyadari bahwa ia tidak akan bisa membunuh Sen no Rikkyu dan membatalkan niatnya.

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