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
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