Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

It is thought that the first evidence of tea being served in Japan dates all the way back to the 9th century, when a Buddhist monk brought tea back from his travels to China and prepared it for the Emperor. It wasn’t until the 12th century that the foundations of what would eventually become the traditional tea ceremony, popularized much later in the 16th century, by Sen no Reiku, began. Continue reading


Coffee Jelly – Kohii Zerii

Coffee Jelly - Kohii Zerii

Here we are, almost to the end of April, and still feeling as though we have only begun to scratch the surface on what Japanese food culture has to offer. Far beyond the sushi and tempura that most Western people associate it with, Japanese food offers a vibrant mix of many simple dishes, filled with unique colors and flavors. Continue reading

Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

Ginger Bok Choy and Steamed Chicken Salad with Sesame Sauce

In talking about Japanese food culture, we cannot just simply reduce everything to the discussion of food. Placement, harmony within the home and the entire experience surrounding the meal all play an important role. Continue reading