Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Optimism and self-control
Optimism — maintaining a positive view of the future — can not only improve your mood but also your health by boosting your immune system.
Also associated with positivity in life is self-control, which all of us can find in short supply sometimes. But studies are finding that you can get an immediate boost in self-control through self-affirmation — simply thinking about your own positive traits.
Whenever I drink green tea, I reflect on how it connects me to the wonderful place where it is grown. And that fills me with positivity — and optimism and good health.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Japanese art at Scholten
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Baachan and her cat
Monday, April 12, 2010
Where the stardust twinkles online
Kira kira means "twinkle" in Japanese, as stardust does, and KiraKira Waypoints is your own personal canvas where colorful stardust dances as you direct it — perfect for a green tea break.
You drag the small circles to redirect the flow of stardust.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Green tea cookies and cream
Delicious magazine has a "tried & tasted" recipe for green tea ice cream and Seattle Weekly a recipe for green tea cookies. Both recipes, incidentally, call for matcha, not tea bags.
We would love to see pictures of the fruits of your culinary labors.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Seven Cups cruises the canals of Nanxun
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Secret path to a private hangout
Now this would be a wonderful day: taking a leisurely walk through the forest to a cool, quiet seaside hangout. So here are the visuals you need to make that journey virtually during a nice leisurely green tea break.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Kokura Castle in a cloud of sakura
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Green tea, flowers, and scones
Friday, April 02, 2010
The wait is over — matcha is back!
We have just received a shipment of our Matcha Style Powdered Green Tea from the grower in Kumamoto.
Our deepest apologies for the wait. We appreciate your queries asking when it would be back in stock and your comments on how much you enjoy the tea. That really filled us all here with good feelings.
Back by popular demand.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Photos galore—nature and Japan
Greg du Toit's nature photos are simply amazing, especially if you like animals.
And some of the shots in this collection of Japan photos are wonderful, too.
A lovely photo from James Justin's Japan 2009 collection.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Frost-fighting fan in a tea field
This photo, taken in the orchard of one of our tea artisans, shows a fan that protects the leaves from frost.
The fans rotate slowly, generating only a slight breeze, but that is enough to stop frost from forming on budding leaves.
This is especially important in early spring, when the daytime warmth wakes the plants from their winter slumber, but temperatures can still drop low enough for frost to form in the wee hours.