In Japanese, there is a word tema, which literally means “hand and time”. It refers to “time and effort” in English.
Nowadays, people living in this busy world tend
to prefer doing quicker and easier to taking time and effort. I have to admit I
am the one of them. I often choose something quicker and easier.
But when it
comes to tea, the story is different. Many choose bottled or instant tea even when they
drink at home, but I make tea with using a teapot and tea leaves like all
tea-lovers do so.
“Now, what shall I have? Black tea, green tea…In case of
black tea, which one??....”. This is how my teatime starts. What I want to drink depends
on time, mood and who drinks with. Then, boil water, warm a teapot, put some
tea leaves into the pot, wait till a kettle sings, sometime wait another time for boiling
water to cool down (for some Japanese green tea), pour the water into the pot, and
steep it for a while.
For some, maybe many nowadays, this process seems to be
troublesome. Even some of my friends who are not into tea say, “Do you boil
water every time you make tea? What a troublesome!”, “If you make tea with a
teapot, you have to wash it, right? No, not for me!”………..Oh well, it is not a
big deal for me. Ready-made things are convenient sometimes, but I believe that
“hand and time” creates warm feelings.
Again, I also choose something quicker
and easier for some/many cases. We are living in very convenient and developed
world. That’s even more reason that I also would like to keep doing “a little
extra time and effort”, hito-tema.