Have you seen a tea stalk floating vertically in your teacup when you have Japanese green tea? When you see it, you will have a good day. Because it is believed to be a lucky sign.
A tea stalk floating vertically is called chabashira
(lit: tea pillar). Seeing a chabashira, we feel happy, saying “Engi(luck) ga
(is) ii (good).”
The origin of this expression is unknown, but some say it is
because that the situation is rare. Others say that a pillar for chabashira can
be considered the central pillar of a house. We liken a chabashira floating
vertically to a house pillar standing vertically, considering it is good.
Whatever the reasons, when you find a chabashira, be happy!
Hope all of us will enjoy our tea lives in 2014:-)