Tea Journal

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 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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Ro - The Hearth of Sado

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 7:05 AM


Every three months the seasons change.


In the Northern hemisphere, around November (or even earlier), temperatures begin to drop and it starts getting colder and colder as the Winter Solstice approaches. 

With colder temperatures, a source of heat becomes ...

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