Next week, I will be traveling to Tokyo, Japan, for what should be a fun and exciting adventure. The weather will hopefully welcome my family and I with open arms and the experiences should leave us with many wonderful memories to cherish.
It wasn't long ago that we ventured off Taiwan to explore more remote areas of Japan, including Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. The weather was much cooler (after all, it was December!) and we were not prepared for the bitter temperatures. However, this time around we won't be fearing the frigid temperatures that we were greeted with as June is certainly in place to shower us with hot, hot weather.
I have a strong desire to escape into the traditions that make the strong tea culture in Japan.
Armed with a strong set of legs and an abundance of endless enthusiasm, I wish to track down some details about the Japanese tea culture. While similar in some ways to other cultures throughout Asia, I have come to understand that some traditions in the Land of the Rising contrast others in many distinct ways.
Only time will tell and once I have explored the depths of it's history I hope to return to Isle Formosa (Taiwan) with a better understanding of Japan and it's love affair with tea.
Have you traveled to Japan in search for some special and unique traditions that make up Japanese tea culture? Have you descended upon some memorable places in and around Tokyo that bring back pleasurable memories with regards to the culture of tea?
If so, please leave your comments at the bottom of this note. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”