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Discovering Japan's First Tea Field

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM





One of my main missions while back in Japan has been to learn as much as I can about the history and development of traditions and overall culture of tea. So far, I've v...

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A Tea Ceremony Experience at Kanuntei Tea House

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 8:55 AM



One beautiful Sunday morning at the beginning of Spring I had the honour and pleasure of accompanying my Tea Ceremony teacher to an amazing traditional grasshut tea house on a nearby island called Hirado to experience the Way of Tea in a historical and authentic atmosphere.

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Kampo: Traditional Japanese Herbal Medicine - An Introduction

Posted on March 6, 2019 at 9:55 AM



My first experience with formal herbal medicine was while living in Japan.



Of course, we all have our own pe...

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A Citizen's Tea Party @ Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 9:25 AM



In Japan, Golden Week (a collection of 4 national holidays in late April/ early May) is the ideal time to go exploring so, during Golden Week Heisei 30 nen (i.e. the year of our Lord 2018 ) I decided to take a solo trip to the first capital of Japan, Kyoto.

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Otsukimi - Moon-Viewing Autumn Festival

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:10 AM


As soon as September begins up until the Harvest moon in October, Japanese Tea Ceremony is typically performed while viewing the Autumn Full Moon. This is the season when the sky is said to be at its clearest and the moon at its most beautiful.

The word Otsukimi literally translates to mean (Otsuki) Moon (Mi) Viewing.

 

The tradition includes decorations with rice dumplings called dango and stalks ...

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