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A Celebration of Tea: At Home

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 6 December 2011 in Abstract & Conceptual.

[Just a quick note: all the links below are to other photos I have posted in the past.]

The kind of tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony is called matcha (抹茶) and rather than brewing the leaves, with matcha you drink the leaves themselves. That is, matcha is simply the tea leaves ground into a very fine powder. You add this powdered tea to a bowl and then add hot water and then using a bamboo whisk you whip it until you get a fine froth on the surface. This is much harder than it looks. My wife, a long-time student of tea, has tried to show me several times, but my results are .... well, not as good.

While matcha is the kind of tea used for the formal tea ceremony, of course you can enjoy it at home as well. I encourage the practice by bringing home irresistible sweets that are best enjoyed with matcha. Ideally one should have many tea bowls to match the changing seasons. We have only three bowls but it just so happens that one is for autumn...

NIKON D300 1/50 second F/1.8 ISO 400 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

1/50 second
ISO 400
52 mm (35mm equiv.)