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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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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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The Big Tea Tree in Happy City

Posted on June 20, 2018 at 6:40 PM




Anyone who knows me knows just how much I love trees.


I am a very tree lover.


There is just something mystical and magical about these beautiful Earthly creations. 


So when I heard that there was a...

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