Two Anecdotes About Senno Rikyu

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Dec 3, 2013 22:01
Today I read two interesting anecdotes of Senno Rikyu, a master of the tea ceremony, who lived from the Sengoku period (Age of Civil Wars) to the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

1.When Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, who was a great unifier during the Sengoku period, was invited to a tea ceremony by Senno Rikyu, Hideyoshi noticed that all blossoms of "morning glory" in the garden were removed. Being dubious about such a mysterious phenomenon, he entered a tea room and saw a single flower of morning glory for the alcove. It is said that he was deeply impressed to see the only distinguished beautiful flower.

2.After raking all fallen leaves in the garden, Rikyu sprayed a few leaves on the ground. Since his behavior was a little strange, one of his disciples asked, "Why did you do such a thing?" Rikyu answered, "That is more natural."

Do you understand why he did such things?