This week’s blog is another in a continuing series that highlight how popular the Matcha Japapese Tea Ceremony is becoming.
An interesting story I found this week was written by Kate McCaffrey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Yoko Motoyama and Sally Schurko recently presented the Japanese Tea Ceremony to about a dozen eighth-graders at a public library. Complete with bonsai trees, a scroll with Japanese calligraphy, traditional kimonos with sash, the ceremony demonstrated the calming effects not just of the tea but of the ceremony itself. What I enjoyed was the comments the students had about the matcha afterwards: Alex Dattilo, 14, of Brookline, said he liked the texture. Megan Jones, 15, of Beechview, said the tea was “bitter at first but good at the end.”
Another one here: Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg on Nov. 19th. “Lights were dimmed and items were strategically placed in the community room that served as a makeshift chashitsu, a room designated for a Japanese tea ceremony,” writes the Burlington Free Press. “It was the first time participating in a Japanese tea ceremony for Hinesburg couple Monte and Gloria Stokes. “It was a cultural experience and I learned quite a bit,” Monte said. Gloria added, “We Americans have a tendency not to slow down long enough to enjoy something like this. I am sure glad we came tonight.”
Finally, I’ll leave off with a link to a recipe I found on how to make a Matcha Green Tea Biscotti! Yes! It’s true! A biscotti ~ made with Matcha!