Washoku Wednesday: Matcha (Japanese Green Tea)

I can’t believe I’ve been writing this monthly segment for a year! But more importantly, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about matcha, or Japanese green tea. Matcha is a staple in my kitchen.  I enjoy a cup in the morning or use it for baking. Matcha is a bitter green tea that turns into a... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Yame

Well, let's bring this tea obsession to a close, shall we? I promise you all, I conducted a ridiculously thorough raid on my photo files this weekend to see if I could come up with any other manhole covers. Aside from Tokyo's less than inspiring sakura design and a few rather hazy ones I took in western Tokyo... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Tea Picking in Shizuoka

We'll round out this miniseries on tea with a family friendly activity in Shizuoka. You might remember Kanaya station from the post a few days ago on the Oigawa Railway. A short taxi ride in the other direction from the station brings you to Greenpia Makinohara. The plains of Makinohara are some of the most... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Yame Central Tea Garden

Shizuoka Prefecture is well known for its tea fields - especially with the iconic Mt Fuji looming over them - but if you happen to be traveling the southern reaches of Japan instead, you can get your tea fix at the Yame Central Tea Garden in southern Fukuoka Prefecture. Admittedly, the name is a bit... Continue Reading →

Experience: Oigawa Steam Train

You might think I am deviating from the theme of tea, after promising more entries on Japan's "green gold" last week. However, this unique experience will have you riding through some of Shizuoka's most picturesque tea growing regions. Kanaya is a small town on the Tokaido Main Line between Shizuoka and Hamamatsu cities. While there's... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Tea

Though Starbucks has indeed invaded the Japanese archipelago, this country has traditionally run on tea. Since its importation from China sometime in the 9th century, tea has become the drink of choice, the gatorade of the samurai class and the Miller Lite of the masses. Certain prefectures in Japan are known for their tea production,... Continue Reading →

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