Special Focus on Shizuoka: A matcha cafe in the countryside

Traditionally, matcha is associated with the image of a serious tea ceremony that has to follow all the formalities, depending on the various tea ceremony schools. To the uninitiated, it would have appeared to be a daunting experience. Thanks to the matcha boom across the globe, casual cafes are now offering matcha or even specialising … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: A matcha cafe in the countryside

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Gochisochaji – a film about Japanese tea

I've finally received my copy of the Japanese tea documentary titled Gochisōchaji ごちそう茶事 yesterday afternoon. There's no official English translation, but I'd like to translate it liberally as 'a feast of tea'. Heh. It was officially released on May 1 this year, on Hachijuuhachi-ya (88th night), an important date in the tea harvesting calendar. Gochisōchaji … Continue reading Gochisochaji – a film about Japanese tea