2012/11/15

Oyatsu Time!

Tea time means “o-yatsu” in Japanese and refers to 3:00pm in general. Strictly speaking, it used to be around 2:00pm and gradually became 3:00pm. Why is that?

In olden times, people used to have meals twice a day. At that time, farmers would have another snack between those meals to maintain their energies. The break time was usually “yatsu-doki” (the traditional Japanese time system), which means around 2:00pm. “O-yatsu” was named after the time called “yatsu-doki”.

Nowadays we have three meals a day. Therefore, “o-yatsu” came to refer to snack other than meals and 3:00pm. What time is your “o-yatsu” time?