Tuesday, January 15, 2013


"PAPER, PAPER" ... Beautiful paper. ....  Presentation is everything in Japan... 

 Look ... 

 at how artfully this  Japanese Sweet is wrapped .

Whatever could  be wrapped so prettily !!!! 
I didn't want to disturb the decorative tissue paper.. Would you ?
 I 'll unwrap carefully and save the lovely  paper for a  paper doll craft or maybe even a card. ( Ha Ha) 

One never knows what's inside a sweet box or paper tissue in this country ... This particular pastry sweet , is a japanese favorite ... 
It's, " OH "  so  gummy and yummy ... with a name,  that I can unfortunately not pronounce nor spell...
basically it's plain  Gelatin.

                          It's a satisfying, local goodie that comes sealed, complete with a small

                                                                       wooden spoon


 a tiny package of maple syrup, which is probably from Canada.

 This gummy delight is really quite delicious !!!! 

But what's dessert without a nice cup of tea ...
Luckily,  I discovered this set of cups,  just in time for our Tuesday teatime ... 
The butterfly lids were a bonus( hee hee)  ... It will keep the tea warm until you arrive.

Today, the blue and black combination  seemed appropriate since, I'm lagging alittle behind the times, ... Goodness, I better get my make-up on before you come ....
 but I do  need a cup of tea first.

 Hustle, bustle ....  Something quick will fit the bill.  I bought these two packaged teas at the local market, " apple and lemon" ...  Which one would you prefer?

 I'm sure. they're loaded with sugar, but then, maybe, that's what  we all  need to kick start a meandering  day...   A little sugar buzz is quite desirable, every once in a while !!!

There were five tea packets in each bag ... odd numbers seem to be popular here .. everything including sweets and cups come in sets of  fives.

Don't you love this  fabulous wooden tea spoon ..It was a dollar store special  ... The label said , "Chinese teaspoon , manufactured in Japan" ...  ( Ha ha) That was my morning chuckle. 

 It would be a great scoop for loose tea ...  Here in Japan, wooden spoons are used for  just about everything, including tea, soups and for the traditional tea ceremonies...
They come in various shapes and forms.

I'm enjoying the simple use of the utensil to stir my tea ... infact I'm quite attracted to the ' apple ' aroma  wafting through the air. 
This tea smells good to the olfactory nerve... m-m-m-m-m-..
It's almost therapeutic.

                         The pottery is local and affordable ...  There are no particular markings ...
                                               Just the  constant reminder that  it 's teatime.

          I do think it's a user friendly set, that is far too humble, since it's visually lovely and    
                                                    holds one and half cups of tea ...
                  As mentioned the bonus is that it stays hot longer than most  lidded teacups...
                                                                   FABULOUS !!!!!

                            I better put a lid on it ... I mean the tea ... and keep it steeping for you
                                                           Today, is a quiet, pensive  teatime, Ladies ..

                                     The sky is gray, but the birds are singing .. .and there's 
                                                                           NO SNOW . 
                                                                  "COME ON OVER" 
                                                                     and enjoy a little 



Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Zaa,
The little package is adorable! I will have lemon tea please as I'm still fighting a head cold. I like the covered teacup.
A lot of our snow has melted but we're getting more this afternoon. It is January after all. I'm dreaming of springtme already. Thanks for coming to tea.


Zaa said...

Greetings Sandi ...
I'll definitely pour you a cup of lemon tea, my dear..Take care with that cold... Thanks for the kind visit....Hugs

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...



Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Sweet wrappings and YUMMY too! Perfect!!!

Zaa said...

Thanks Debbie ... Hope you enjoyed your tea..Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks for you kind visit Cindy ..Please do come again..Hugs

Little Miss Maggie said...

That packaging was beautiful. I love the simplicity of the Japanese style, but it can be so beautiful.

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a wonderful post! I love the packaging and the butterfly pottery mugs are wonderful! I'll try the apple please! It is so fun to have your sharing your experiences with us. Thanks for linking to Thursday Tea Things And Talk!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a fun post! I love the mug and the cover is so sweet with the butterfly! I do the same and just can't throw away pretty wrapping paper! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Zaa said...

Thanks for your sweet visit, Miss Maggie..You're invited for tea anytime ..Hugs

Zaa said...

Dearest Ruth ..I always love our teatime chatter and I especially love visiting your blog too..You keep me so well informed,,, Enjoy your day ...xoxoxox

Zaa said...

Dearest Ruth ..I always love our teatime chatter and I especially love visiting your blog too..You keep me so well informed,,, Enjoy your day ...xoxoxox

Zaa said...

Ha Ha Nancy ... I'll share one with you ...I just can't bear to throw away pretty papers( ha Ha) .. I quess it's our crafty nature... Thanks for your lovely visit..It was so nice to catch up with you again...hugs

Terri said...

What a sweet little package! I think I would love to try lemon tea.
That tea mug is totally gorgeous! I love the color as well as the cute butterfly on top!

Johanna said...

Dear Zaa,
thats a sweet post not only because the OH, so yummy desert. This is so nicely wrapped and I would also save the cute paper for some artwork. But without wrapping the enclosed desert MUST been comsumed, right! Your tea mugs are so nice with the butterfly lids. Its so nice to see Japanese tea items and I would love to try the Lemon tea also. Thank you for this delightful tea and for your visit with the kind comment.
Best greetings, Johanna

Lady Linda said...

You posts are always so fun! I am so fascinated by the Japanese items...such a different world to me.
Thanks for sharing.