Believe it or not…2014 is coming very soon.
As Christmas is very special for many, New Year’s day is very very special
for Japanese. Especially in Kyoto, there is a special tea drunk on the special
day. It is called “obuku-cha”
that umeboshi (pickled plum) and kombu
(sea vegetable) are simply added in a cup of green tea. It is because that we
believe that umeboshi protects us from evil and illness and kombu
is a symbol of happiness.
There are various views about the
origin of the name. This is one of them. In 951, when an epidemic raged and a lot of people
were suffering, a priest named KUYA gave a tea with a pickled plum
to the people in order to save them. It worked. The situation settled down. The Emperor then heard about it, having
the tea later on. Since the Emperor had the tea, it came to be called
“obuku-cha”, which means “the tea drunk by the Emperor”. Nowadays, we call the
same, but use different Kanji character, which literally means “large
Hope 2013 will be filled