I love green tea (matcha). When I first came to Japan, I didn’t like it. But over the years, I have grown to love it. I have a matcha bowl and a tea whisk in my house, so I can make my own tea. Of course, the tea I make tastes completely different from the tea we can drink at tea ceremonies. The area of Japan where I live is famous for green tea and Japanese sweets, so I have taken part (taken part = participated) in tea ceremonies many times.
I remember when I first came to Japan, and I saw an ice cream vending machine. At that time, I couldn’t read Japanese, and I wanted a mint ice cream. So I selected the green-coloured one. It was green tea! I was so disappointed and I threw it away! But now, I love green tea ice cream. If I have a choice between green tea and other flavours, I usually choose green tea.
When I don’t have time to prepare matcha, I use teabags. My favourite is Oi Ocha. There is a haiku poem on every teabag packet. I enjoy reading the haiku while I’m waiting for the kettle to boil.
Writing about green tea makes me want to drink it! I’m going to make myself a cup now. 🙂