2019/03/21

Capsule Hotel like a Tea House

Have you heard about “capsule hotel (known as pod hotel) ” in Japan? Maybe you have stayed the place. According to Wikipedia, it is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of small bed-sized rooms known as capsules. Anyway….very tiny…

I just heard that a new type of capsule hotel named Zen Tokyo opened in Tokyo. It is inspired by a small tea house for Japanese traditional tea ceremony.

its website
If you are a tea person, this hotel can be an option for your accommodations. But  remember, this is tiny.....:-)

* Zen Tokyo  https://www.hotelzen.jp/

2019/03/10

Natural Farmed Tea


The tea is from Aso city where Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan, is located. 

Thanks to the farmer's great great care and the soil known as Andosols, formed in volcanit tephra, the tea was gentle but powerful even without any fertilizer or pesticide. Even fourth and fifth infusions, the tea had still subtle sweetness and descent body with a nice aftertaste. I felt like it nicely steeped into my whole body.

It was very refined, but at the same time I had a feeling that I'd known the taste.....

Many skilled tea producers in Japan, but unfortunately, I heard many people are struggling to continue their tea business because of various reasons like financial problem, a lack of successors etc. It will be a big loss for Japanese tea future if this tea wouldn't be continued to be produced....



*kamairi-ryokucha (pan-fired green tea)
*place: Aso, Kumamoto
*Zairai varietal (seed propagation)
*soil: Andosol
*farming method; Natural farming (No fertilizer, no pesticide)