Steps of adding charcoal to the fire

The ritual arranging of charcoal during the Japanese tea ceremony to re-light the fire and make sure the water stays hot. Adding charcoal to the fire under the Kama is called Sumidemae. Guests in the tea room are invited to come closer and observe the host while adding Sumi to the fire. There are two types af Sumidemae : First one is called shozumi and is performed before the guests have a meal called Kaiseki, second one is called Gozumi and is performed after the guests have recieved Koicha or thick tea during a Chakai or full tea ceremony. Steps for this ritual are explained here in detail.

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