WHAT IS BYOBU?
“Furosaki Byoubu” has been a crucial part of the tea ceremony in Japan going back more than 400 years. SkyBlue originates from “Furosaki Byobu”. It is best described in English as a “special folding screen”.
The tea ceremony itself is a well-known expression of Japanese traditional culture. Simply put, the master of ceremony makes cups of whipped powdered green tea and serves them to guests in a tea room. But the tea ceremony involves many subtle formats and rules. These include special appearances and events, e.g. a tea bowl for powder green tea, flower arrangements in the tea room, and a hanging scroll with calligraphy and design of tea house itself. The tea ceremony engenders a feeling of spiritualism in devotees. Sometimes it linked to “Zen Buddhism”.
“Furosaki Byobu” is one of the objects used in the tea ceremony.
Originally the function of the Furosaki Byobu was to protect against the wind blowing out the fire under the teakettle used for boiling water. Gradually its function changed as it became an arrangement in the tea ceremony itself. We say it is “kekkai in the tea ceremony, meaning in English that it serves as a barrier between the world of tea ceremony and the real world in a spiritual sense.
SKYBLUE can also be used in the bedroom to enhance the feeling of warmth and comfort. In the office, it can be used to partition desks. In entertainment areas like a café or living room, it projects a feeling of relaxation for guests. We can find many occasions and places to use SKYBLUE.