2015/04/26

Drink or Eat? - Matcha-

These days, it seems that Matcha is taken as flavor for sweets rather than as drink. This “Matcha crumble -Crunchy Crunch -” is one of them. It has just put on the market recently and supposed to be sold for a limited time. (by Haagen-Dazs, Japan Incorporated). 

It’s like a lump of the tea, isn't it? Usually, I don’t fancy buying ice cream that often, and I don’t snatch at something new either. But this density of the tea made me surrender, ha, ha. In addition to the good bitterness flavor, the crunchy stuff on the surface gives it to good texture. Yes, I'm the one who enjoy “eating” Matcha :-) 




2015/04/18

Talking to Mother Natrure - Mr Iwata in Tsukigase -

I visited a tea field at Tsukigase in Nara where tea has long been grown. The total amount of tea produced in Tsukigase accounts for 2.5 % of that in Japan. Yes, not that much. In addition, since it is close to Uji, which is one of the famous Japanese tea areas, their tea has been blended and sold as Uji tea. So maybe it is not widely known as a tea area yet. 

The young tea farmer, Mr Iwata, has seven-hectare field in total there. But not only one. 33 fields are scattered at Tsukigase. Even in the same town, all the fields have their own characters. Soil is different, and the slope is different….He also grows wide varieties of tea, and uses different ways of taking care of. That’s amazing! 



Many are different, but his belief is one, “living with nature”. He sticks to “organic farming” and “natural farming” to grow tea, which is like gradually steeping in your body. He says that he wants to make good use of its "terroir" and grow tea only to be produced in Tsukigase . He learns the area’s history, and listens to weather, and talks to tea. And he lives now while looking to the future of the area and tea. 


His Wakocha (black tea). He produces green tea too.


2015/04/17

Throbs of Pleasure

According to a research, black tea gives you more "throb" than green tea. Did you know that? Or have you felt that? It says that black tea, especially its aroma, brings more the sense of tokimeki, which means throbs of joy or heart pounding with happiness. That's interesting. Enjoy "black" tea together with the one you like, and  the bonds between you can grow much stronger. 

BTW…when you want to calm down, I think green tea might help you. Every tea has their own job, doesn't it?