I'm on the hunt for another kyusu teapot. I'm not sure if I should buy one online, or buy when I go to Japan next, but I'm definitely spoilt for choices as I browse online. The designs for Tokoname kyusu teapots really blow me away. So much variety and styles to choose from. Even … Continue reading New kyusu teapot wanted
What do you do with used tea leaves? An obvious answer to most would be to throw them away. Some would use for composting. As I've mentioned a couple of times before, depending on the grade and type of tea, you can actually eat the used leaves (茶殻, chagara in Japanese) like vegetables. I've … Continue reading Used tea leaves
The name Kamikatsu is not new in a world made smaller by the Internet. Almost every news site online had featured it at least once in the last few years. This small town in the mountains of Tokushima prefecture had made its mark very deeply as the Town of Zero Waste. For Japanese tea enthusiasts, … Continue reading Kamikatsu – The Zero-Waste Town
Phew! Happy new year!! It's already 13 days into the new year and I've just started to update this blog. No reviews today, but more personal ramblings. I really can't contain my excitement but it's premature for me to reveal plans for this year, as nothing is confirmed yet. What I do know is I'm … Continue reading 2018: A year of opportuni-teas?
I was told that Kumazasa (Sasa veitchii) is a specialty of Hokkaido, where it is naturally grown. The kanji characters 熊笹 literally mean 'bear's bamboo leaves' and no surprise it is a favourite among bears before they head into hibernation. The leaves are also known for its anti-bacterial properties, hence why they are commonly used … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kumazasa-cha
Enshuu is the old provincial name for western Shizuoka, which can still be seen in many company names or product brands. Somewhat like the prefix "Tosa" for Kochi products, a tea example would be Tosa Aburicha. Enshuu Kakegawa-cha is actually part of a series of Enshuu teas by the tea manufacturer Hishidai Seicha, based in … Continue reading Tea tasting: Enshuu Kakegawa-cha
In the southern part of Kyoto prefecture lies a small town called Wazuka, famed for its 800 years of history in Uji tea (Ujicha) production and also known as one of the The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan. Every year since 2011, it is host to Chagenkyo Matsuri or Teatopia Festival. The festival is usually … Continue reading Chagenkyo Matsuri (Teatopia Festival)