The last practice in Nobember was the shozumi demae (first of two procedures to add charcoal to the fire.)
This practice is not something we can usually do. Since our “ro” is an electric-heated hearth, various ideas are employed during practice with this charcoal procedure. Using a feather broom, there are movements for the first sweeping, middle sweeping, and final sweeping. Ash is scooped from the ash container with an ash ladle and scattered. Each type of charcoal also has its own name, and these names are learned during the practice. While the subsequent charcoal placement are adjusted based on the burning condition of the charcoal, during the initial charcoal placement, the locations for each type of charcoal are predetermined. In today’s life, where charcoal is not commonly seen, this practice arouses curiosity.