After studying the Text 1 of the Nihoncha Instructor correspondence course for a month, I was ready to take on the challenge of completing the report. I managed to get it done in a week. The questions in the report cover everything that should have been well-digested in the 3 major sections of Text 1, … Continue reading First report completed
There is a very important day in Japan's tea calendar known as Hachijuu Hachiya (八十八夜, literally 88th night). This 88th night is counted from the first day of Spring (立春 or risshun) in the traditional lunar calendar. On a regular non-leap year, this date usually corresponds to May 2, and that's today! What is so … Continue reading 88th Night
The first shipment of the Nihoncha Instructor Association course I've signed up for arrived on April 12. The recommended starting date was April 15, so I got the course materials earlier, which would have been a good thing if it wasn't for the fact that I was (and still am) down with the flu and … Continue reading Nihoncha Instructor course – first impressions
I recently signed up for a Yunomi sample of black tea. To my surprise and delight, I received the 5-gram sample pack of Naturalitea's popular Setoya Momiji black tea. Why the surprise and delight? Well, because I'm hoping to go to their farm in Fujieda, Shizuoka this summer, that's why. Surely it's some kind of … Continue reading Tea tasting: Naturalitea’s Setoya Momiji
I first heard of "Nihoncha Instructors" some 3 years ago, when I saw that there are Japanese tea professionals with such designation/qualification. With a little research, I discovered that there is a non-profit organisation known as Nihoncha Instructor Association that serves as an examining body for the qualification. Some time in 2016, Ricardo, a Colombian … Continue reading Nihoncha Instructor Association course
Great news! Tea enthusiasts who have been to Shizuoka would surely have visited or at least heard of Ocha no Sato World Tea Museum in Shimada City, located near Kanaya Station. Unfortunately it was closed for renovation since 2016 for an indefinite duration (no reopening date was announced then). HOWEVER, it is finally revealed! The … Continue reading New Tea Museum opening in Shizuoka!
I nearly forgot I had this tea. It was still unopened at the bottom of my tea stash in the pantry. Glad to remember about it before its expiry in July. The first thing that struck me when I took the first sip of this tea was the intensity of the umami flavour. It … Continue reading Tea tasting: Usagiya’s Kouki