Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tea in Japan

I'm about to fly out to Japan for first flush. Trip highlights include visiting tea farms, drinking lots of fresh tea, tasting fresh wagashi and visiting a dear friend in Tokyo. I'll update on Twitter (@LindseyAtVeeTea) whenever possible and write more when I return. For now, sayonara!

3 comments:

Steph said...

Oh, Vee - I'm so excited for you (and a little jealous!) Safe travels!

Nigel said...

If you get a chance, I would love to hear your impression of wagashi and what teas you like with them. Do you know if it's possible to find Japanese traditional sweets outside of Japan?

VeeTea said...

Hi, Nigel! There are many types of wagashi, some of which I love and some of which I think are just OK. They're ideal with matcha and other Japanese green teas, but I could maybe see pairing some of them with a Darjeeling first flush, a green Taiwanese oolong or a Nilgiri, too.

You can get them outside of Japan. I've been to a wagashi shop in London. They also exist in San Francisco, NYC and elsewhere.

Some cities' local Japanese or international nonprofits offer wagashi making workshops. Also, most health food stores have mochi, which you can use to make simple wagashi at home.