Make tea by belly button!

As English does, Japanese has proverbs and sayings using the word “tea (cha)”. Here are a couple of examples. Can you guess what those mean?

1)Ocha o nigosu
It literally means “to make tea turbid”.
So, it is used when people speak ambiguously or give an evasive answer.

2)Chacha o ireru
It means “to put in the tea”, referring to interruption.

3)Heso de cha o wakasu
This is a funny one, literally meaning “to make tea by your belly button”. Can you do it? You may say, “Don’t make me laugh. That’s ridiculous!” That’s exactly what it means. “Don’t make me laugh!!”.

tea tree doll  -photo by tomo-