Overtake Coffee

Japan is a coffee country. People drink coffee a lot rather than green tea and other tea. But I feel that it is changing. 

People are much more talked about tea, especially black tea including Wakocha, and many tea events held in Tokyo area last year. 

Unfortunately, the situation was not the same in Kansai area (including Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto). However, I feel “tea” will be in more even Kansai area too. Early this month, a special event of Wakocha at a renowned department store in Osaka was a big success. The tea shop owner for Wakocha held several mini-seminars a day for three days. All of them were soon fully booked. A guy, who is a cook, came to the event to look for Wakocha for him to serve at his own restaurant. Some came to get more Wakocha since, they said, they got hooked on the tea recently. 

There will be a big black tea event (both abroad and home) in Kobe for the first time at the end of this month. This spring, another tea event is to be held in Osaka. 

The tea is more than “creating a buzz” now. I’m very curious what’s going on the tea market this year. 


Happy New Year 2017

2017 has begun. 

Fortunately, it's been a lovely and mild weather for this season around my area.Many of Japanese were able to see "hatsu hinode", the first sunrise of the year, which is considered auspicious.

On the New Year's Day, people eat "osechi ryori", special meal for New Year's Day on the morning and go to "hatsu mowde", to visit the local shrine to pray for the year. 

New Year is the most important day for Japanese. When the year starts off auspiciously, we feel happy and relieved, and want to believe that it's going to be a good year. 

I really hope 2017 will be a peacefu year.


Japanese Teatime Etiquette - Tea is Right-

You may know how to brew sencha. Did you know how to serve tea and wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets)? Unfortunately, many Japanese don’t care anymore, but there is an etiquette.
by Nikkei

1) Tea should be on the right side of the guest. Sweets should be on the left.
2) The pattern on the tea bowl, if any, are faced to a guest so that the guest can see it. Put the grain of wood of a saucer sideways.
3) Prepare a wagashi toothpick for sweets. (when needed)
4) Fold the wagashi paper with the edges out of line like going down to the right. 

When you feel like the Japanese way, please try at least 1). It's easy to remember because "Tea is always Right"! \(^^)/.

Anyway....we only three more days to go. I know many things are going on now, but I really hope the coming year will be peaceful, calm, and good one. 

良いお年を!(Yoi o-toshi wo!)  Wish you all the best for 2017.