" OSAKINI CHODAI SHIMASU"
Warm up with a cup of "green tea", Japan's nation drink... m-m-m- mild and soothing
Green Tea, cold packed, fresh or bagged is a very essential part of the Japanese culture. I love the morning infusion of this calming tea.
With the New Year well on it's way, the stores are open and I chose a bagged Green Tea today... It's an unfermented tea that provides many healthy benefits.
Green tea leaves are oxidized and fermented as soon as they are picked. It naturally preserves the catechin, carotene and vitamins.
GREAT ... Just what I need for a morning zest !!!!.. WOW ... It beautifies the skin, prevents high blood pressure and aging... It's the Fountain of Youth in one sip !!!!
I hadn't been back to Asia for some time,so, finding a teacup was a bit of problem. Hubby had packed most of my china away in cardboard boxes... It was an archeological expedition( dig,dig,dig) ..... Fluttering butterflies led me to a calming stash.
This Japanese logo is denoted to the famous Japanese designer, " Hanae Mori", born January, 1926 in Yoshika, Shimane. She's the first, female, Asian Fashion Designer, to be admitted to the 'haute couture' design house of Paris and New York.
Imagine ... It was a $5.00 caste iron 'find' ... bought at a humble, Japanese antique "refuse " yard for lack of better word ... Most of the items had gathered the wrath of natures, wind, rain and sunlight, being left outside for two maybe three months or years plus. Some china pieces were faded from the constant sun or ruined by sheer neglect ... but then hunting through the ruins is half the pleasure in Japan.( ha ha)
Kim and I salvaged, two of these lovely little bunny teapot coddlers.. and I do treasure them.
See how comfortably they sit and await the royal teapot crowning ( Ah) ..Even the rabbit are tea toddling happy. I'm amazed that they're in such great shape.
Japan is the land of ' Sweets' and I just couldn't resist the olfactory nerve of smelling out ... 'strawberry and cocoa truffles' .. alas, venturing into this sweet land of "milk and honey" dooms we, western dwellers, to pounds of sugar coated adventures ... I devoured five of these coconut truffles .... ( guilty )
OK ... I'm blaming everything on 'jet lag' .. but boy isn't ' teatime' a sweet retreat and a reason not to count calories( shhhh) ... just ENJOY !!!
I've been too abnormally lazy this past year. Hopefully, 2013 will kick start my passions and blast me into some new teatime journeys and experiences. Basically, I need something to light the cracker under my tea lid( BOOM) ... and ignite me into action. I'd love to take on a brewing course and become a real teatime socialite with a teatime gossip page( Ha Ha) "DEAR MISS BREW ".... Only kidding ... but it is time to start up some New Year's Resolutions and do something adventurous.
What do you have on your agenda?
Here's a Green Tea List of benefits that read in the " Fukuoka Now " Magazine
It prevents tooth decay.
It's a picky-me- up that sobers you up.
Effectively burns body fat.
Beautifies the skin.
Prevents hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure.
Protects against colds.
Prevents aging .
Prevents food poisoning .
Since Green Tea is so darn beneficial to our well being ... maybe the first New Year's Resolution should be, to drink green tea everyday.
There are so many different types of green teas to choose from ... I prefer the powdered frothy green teas, but it's your personal taste, as in tea buds. Japanese green tea is readily available online, at most grocery stores and in tea shop around the world.
Frankly ... I'm so pleased to have you all here, for this, our first New Year's Teatime... I look forward to new kettles steaming, new teas 'a' brewing and new dreams 'a' humming on new horizons.
Wishing you all, much health and happiness