The Kamashiki (釜敷), also known as a kettle coaster, serves an important purpose during the Sumidemae procedure of the tea ceremony. It is used to provide a stable base for the Kama (kettle) when it is temporarily removed from the Ro or Furo (fire pit) area.
Crafted from various materials such as rattan, the Kamashiki takes the form of a flat, round coaster. It is designed to be smooth and gentle on the Tatami flooring, allowing it to effortlessly glide when placed or moved. Care is taken to ensure that the Kamashiki is not rough or abrasive, preventing any damage to the delicate Tatami.
To maintain cleanliness, the Kamashiki is positioned upside down in the Sumitori (charcoal container) to prevent any charcoal dust or residue from staining the Tatami floor. This thoughtful placement reflects the meticulous attention paid to every detail in the tea ceremony, creating an atmosphere of harmony and respect for the surroundings.
By utilizing the Kamashiki, tea practitioners demonstrate their commitment to preserving the beauty and cleanliness of the tea room, contributing to the overall elegance and tranquility of the ceremony.