Though I’m not in Japan yet, yesterday I enjoyed a little bit of Nippon, locally. I needed a quiet place to relax because for some reason, there were a heck of a lot of WEIRD people out in the streets everywhere I turned. I just wanted to enjoy the sunshiney day, but kept getting bombarded by unnecessary human contact >_<
So indoors I went in search of shelter, and ended up in a little tea house I’ve frequented for many years. It’s funny how my eye only went to the page in the menu where the Japanese teas were listed. My palate definitely overlooked the Indian, Taiwanese and Chinese selection. And don’t get me started on that page of frou-frou flavored tisanes. No. I wanted something that tasted like ‘green’, whatever flavor that is. Maybe something a bit roasted, toasted, nutty.
I can’t wait to sample all the lovely senchas and mattchas each different region of Japan has to offer. I’d like to discover some new teas I’m less familiar with while I’m traveling. The stuff we have access to in North America just can’t possibly be as fresh and as aromatic as they would be directly from the source. Ah, one of the many reasons I’ve always wanted to visit Japan! I’m a tea fanatic!