Urasenke organizes its temae into groups of kyojō 許状 (permission to study). After receiving a certain kyojō, the student can start receiving instruction in the temae covered by that kyojō.
The kyojō are requested by the student's teacher. They are written by Kyojō-bu at Urasenke headquarters in Kyōto on behalf of Oiemoto. With the kyojō a student is given a membership card in Urasenke. There is a fee for getting a kyojō. The fee is considerably lower for people outside Japan than inside Japan. Sometimes additional fees or percentages of the fees are kept by the local teacher, depending on the local group structure.
Warigeiko 割り稽古 - Separate exercises.
Bonryakudemae 盆略点前 - Round tray and a tetsubin are used.
Shozumi 初炭 - Preparing charcoal before making tea.
Gozumi 後炭 - Preparing charcoal between making koicha and usucha.
Kinindate 貴人点 - Making tea for a nobleman.
Kinin Kiyotsugu 貴人清次 - Making tea for a nobleman and his retainer(s).
Chaire Kazari 茶入飾り - Focusing on the relationship between the host and first guest in relationship to the chaire.
Sumi Shomou 炭所望 - Asking the guest to lay the charcoal.
Hana Shomou 花所望 - Asking the guest to place the flowers.
Jiku Kazari 軸飾り - Displaying a particularly nice scroll.
This is the first group of secret teachings, and no books describing these temae are/should be available. One has to receive this teaching directly from ones teacher.
Karamono 唐物 – Using a Chinese chaire.
Daitenmoku 台天目 – Using a Chinese teabowl on a stand.
Bondate 盆点 – Using a Chinese chaire on a tray.
Wakindate 和巾点 - Using a nakatsugi instead of chaire.
Chabakodate 茶箱点 - Using a box to transport the utensils in.
This is the second group of secret teachings, and no books describing these temae are/should be available. One has to receive this teaching directly from one's teacher.
- Gyou-no-gyou daisu 行之行台子 This license and temae procedure (also called "midare," meaning unmatched) uses the unlacquered daisu table used together with the daitenmoku bowl and karamono chaire, which are placed on a large tray inlaid with a Daoist design of eight trigrams (hakke bon).
- Shin-no-gyou daisu 真之行台子 This temae embodies the fundamentals of the most advanced stage of chanoyu. It employs a formal black lacquered daisu, a matching set of bronze utensils (kaigu), and a karamono chaire and its companion tray, and a daitenmoku bowl. The bowl and jar, with its companion tray, are of the omeibutsu category of high-ranking renowned tea objects, identified with the periods of tea history before the time of Sen Rikyu.
Hikitsugi - This license grants permission to teach and issue certificates from Nyumon through Gyo-no-gyo temae.
This is the third group of secret teachings, and no books describing these temae are/should be available. One has to receive this teaching directly from one's teacher.
- Daien-no-sou 大円草 Ennosai, the 13th iemoto, created the Daien-no-so and Daien-no-shin temae using a Daien bon tray. Daien-no-so features both a karamono chaire of a meibutsu category (renowned object) and a Japanese chaire placed on a large tray (Enso bon), and a daitenmoku bowl. No display stand is used.
- Daien-no-shin 大円真 This temae uses a formal daisu, a daitenmoku bowl, a karamono chaire (omeibutsu category), and a Daien tray.
Sei-Hikitsugi - This license grants permission to teach and issue certificates through Daien-no-so, Hikitsugi, and Shin-no-gyo.
This is a list of the prices in USD for the various kyojō. Uncertain if these prices include the fee normally paid to the teacher.
Nyumon, konarai, chabako (set of 3): USD 70 Satsubako: USD 30 Karamono: USD 30 Daitenmoku: USD 30 Bondate: USD 30 Wakindate: USD 40 Gyo-no-gyo daisu: USD 80 Daien-no -so: USD 80 Hikitsugi: USD 180 Shin-no-Gyo daisu: USD 90 Daien-no-shin: USD 90 Sei-hikitsugi: USD 210
Kyojō in Japan
You can request or the teacher may suggest you to apply for the kyojō. The head of the shachu will probably be the one who applies for the license for you, so this may not be your teacher, but your teacher's teacher. When they apply for the kyojō for you, you should give them the fee of the kyojō.
In about a month, you will receive the kyojō with some ceremony. At that time, you should give O-rei to them equal to half the amount of the kyojō. After this, they will probably give you presents, such as a fukusa or sensu. You should also give O-rei for the presents.
Below is from a chart dated year 2000.
_Shokyuu_ Nyumon, Konarai, Chabako (set): 10000円 _Chuukyuu_ Satsubako: 4000円 Karamono: 4000円 Daitenmoku: 4000円 Bondate: 4000円 Wakindate: 5000円 _Joukyuu_ *Note- Before applying for this level, at least one year should have passed since receiving the Bondate kyojō. Gyo-no-gyo daisu: 12000円 Daien-no -so: 12000円 Hikitsugi: 25000円 _Koushi_ *Note- Before applying for this level, at least one year should have passed since receiving the Hikitsugi kyojō. Shin-no-Gyo daisu: 20000円 Daien-no-shin: 20000円 Sei-hikitsugi: 35000円 _Sennin Koushi_ *Note- Before applying for this level, at least one year should have passed since receiving the Sei-hikitsugi kyojō. Chamei, Monkyo (set): 150000円 _Jokou Uke_ Jun Kyou Uke: 170000円