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Tea of Two Cities

Today we’re featuring a trip to Japan ~
without leaving the United States!

Keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times, and away we go! Off to Saginaw, Michigan of all places. Saginaw is a Sister City to Tokushima, Japan ~ The City of Water that rejoices everyone’s heart.

Tokushima, Japan

And as such, the city of Saginaw, Michigan features an authentic Japanese Cultural Center. Awa SaginawAn was designed by renowned architect Mr. Tsutomu Takenaka, and constructed in 1985. Its foundation rests on three acres beside Lake Linton, and is regarded as part on American soil and part on Japanese soil.

The cultural center states that the performing of the tea ceremony fulfills their mission “to promote intercultural understanding and peace through a bowl of tea.” The center features lessons in Japanese language, calligraphy, origami and flower arrangement, and is available for walk-abouts, weddings and photo shoots.

Now onto the news, the natural news website lists Green Tea in its Top Five Herbs that Promote Kidney Health. Reminding us that the green tea plant contains compounds known as polyphenols (plant antioxidants), which inhibit kidney stones, the report also notes that green tea reduces fatty deposits, encourages improvement of the heart and circulatory system, assists with weight loss, and so much more.

The many benefits of Green Tea are easily
available through Matcha GT.

Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea

Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

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