2013 "To be Happy" Tea -Kombucha-

Japanese sometimes drink “kombucha” (also called “kobucha”) when we have auspicious and joyful occasions. Why? It is based on a wordplay. Kombu sounds similar to yorokobu which means “to be happy”. Therefore we like to drink the tea to celebrate the day. I know it is well-known even outside of Japan, but different drink. Japanese one is powdered edible kelp.

We prepare Japanese-type kombucha by pouring hot water over dried powdered kelp in a cup, like you do instant coffee. Ume (plum)-flavored one is also available.
New year’s season is also happy time. I’m the one who drank kombucha to pray for the year!