Koko-dana was created by Gengensai, based on the Sanju-dana. Koko literally means favored again. This name describes that the Sanjo-dana was Rikyu’s Konomi and when Gengensai removed one shelf and changed the wood type to cedar — the old favorite of Rikyu became favored again.

The first Koko-dana was in cedar in Kiji style, but later Gengensai created the black lacquer one, with red edges on the shelves. This is by far the most common Koko-dana today.


Koko-dana is 52 cm high, and each of the shelfs are 30.4 x 30.4 cm.


This tana should always have something on the middle shelf. Either Natsume or Hishaku and Futaoki are placed in the middle shelf.
At the beginning of Koicha the Natsume is placed in the middle shelf. At the end of Koicha, just before carrying out the Kensui, Natsume can be moved up to the top shelf to make room for Hishaku and Futaoki in the middle shelf, as shown under.

During Koicha temae Shifuku is placed in the middle of the top shelf.
During Shozumi one can start with the Habouki and Kogo on the top shelf.