On a recent trip to Japan I went to four tea ceremonies but the first tea ceremony on my very first day in Japan was my favourite. The tea master at the art gallery in Toyama pictured here was wearing the most beautiful kimono which she’d chosen specially because the pattern represented snowflakes and it was a cold, snowy day in February.
Here she is showing us the special powdered green tea used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Just look at the color. The tea is simply green tea leaves ground into a powder then mixed with boiling water. It’s quite thick and the flavour is strong, grassy and bitter. You can tell that green tea is good for you but it’s an acquired taste. Luckily the serve you a sweet pastry beforehand to offset the bitterness of the tea and our tea master’s sweet smile helped too.
A special thanks to Annabel for this wonderful contribution!
Annabel Candy is a freelance writer. Born in England, she’s lived in eight countries and has both British and Kiwi passports. But don’t hold that against her. Annabel now bashes her keyboard in Australia, writes the popular travel blog Get In the Hot Spot and recently set up Successful Blogging.