2011/02/12

The Perfect Pair

There is an expression "nichijo sahanji" in Japanese. This refers to "the everyday occurrence just like having rice and tea every day". As such, the pairing of rice and tea is vital for Japanese lives, that is,  for meals and even for teatime.

For teatime, rice crackers known as senbei, okaki and arare, have long been popular among men and women of all ages. They come in various shapes, sizes, and flavors, usually savory but sometimes sweet. Any kinds of rice crackers receive peoples' favors, and go well with ordinary Japanese tea especially Sencha, Hojicha, Genmaicha and Bancha.

 Japanese wouldn't live without this perfect pair anywhere at any time.