First guest(Shokyaku)How to Tea Ceremony
Why does only the shokyaku talk to the host? Are the other guests not allowed to speak to him?
The shokyaku represents the others.
He (She) is the only person to converse directly with the host.
If others want to ask the host something, they request the shokyaku to ask their questions to the host.
This is the rule for keeping the tearoom quiet and tranquil.
The guests try to create an atmosphere of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility with minimal conversation.