A Taste of England in the Tea Capital of Japan
A new tea house called Uji-Kochakan recently opened in Uji, the green tea and matcha capital of Japan. Enjoy a taste of England here, where they offer 30 varieties of black teas, scones, cookies, and more.
Published March 10th 2018 on the former blog
A new tea house called Uji-Kochakan recently opened in Uji, the tea capital of Japan. They specialize in black teas, 30 varieties to be exact, that come with cookies in multiple flavors or a beautiful.
On their menu is this beautiful 30mm thick pancake with an original sauce that is not at all their focus but since I’m a sucker for pancakes I just had to highlight it.
What’s interesting is that this is a cafe specializing in black tea while green tea, specifically Matcha is what’s famous for the region. Uji is where the Japanese tea culture originated when Eisai, a monk who brought buddhism to Japan, brought back green tea from China. There’s an amazing tea field tour in this area that I’ll write about in a separate post.
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STORIES BEHIND THE PIECES
Kiyoko Matsuoka, 4th-generation shibori master
Shibori, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press” is the process of shaping cloth before dyeing to create various designs on the textile. Rather than using the cloth as a two dimensional surface, the Shibori textile has a three dimensional element, given that each technique requires years of experience to master.
Hiromichi Nakade, Maker of Oryoki Bowls
Meet Hiromichi Nakade and Kazuya Fujimoto, the makers of the Oryoki and Kodaiwan bowls. A master craftsman sits with his former apprentice to speak about their hope for the declining crafts industry in Japan, as well as the appeal of craftsmanship.