Thursday, February 23, 2012

Enter the tea dragon

"Fugaku Toryu Zu" ([富嶽登龍図] Drawing of Dragon Climbing Mt. Fuji) is a calligraphic brush painting by Kano Eigaku. It was commissioned in 1852 by Ii Naosuke, a late-Shogunate-era official who was also an avid practitioner of sado.


This work was featured in a collection I came across called Zencha no Kokoro ("Spirit of Zen and Tea"). Other than its first owner, what is the painting's connection with tea? This work clearly reflects the turbulent times in which it was painted. But is the mighty dragon being engulfed by the storm around him, even as his eyes are fixed determinedly on the mountain's peak? Or is he emerging from the storm's grasp? Perhaps that is the point: the ending of the dragon's quest has not yet been written.





—Mellow Monk

 

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Music to drink green tea by

We all know that the right music can make a green tea break even more relaxing or rejuvenating. But recent research is also showing that music can even affect how your tea — or any food or beverage for that matter — tastes:

Volunteers rated the toffee eaten during low-pitched music as more bitter than that consumed during the high-pitched rendition. The toffee was, of course, identical. It was the sound that tasted different.

Here are a couple of mixes for you to experiment with. Green tea has such a broad range of flavors, and the low, mellow notes in the music complement deliciously the smooth, earthy flavor of tea, while the high, cheery notes perfectly match the tea's sweet, cheery flavor components.


And of course when the mellow vibe of the two come together, the result is copacetic.


But I still think it's the tea that makes the music sound better, not the other way around.








—Mellow Monk

 

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A little teapot reviews Mellow Monk

Tea aficionado Annie Knapman recently started a tea blog called Imalittleteapot and was kind enough to review our tea.


The list of reviews of Mellow Monk tea at Teaviews continues to grow, too.


—Mellow Monk

 

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Friday, February 03, 2012

Chilly, snowy Aso

It's cold in Aso — perfect weather for hibernating tea plants. It makes me want to write a haiku.

An icy blanket
White snow crunches underfoot
The tea plants slumber




—Mellow Monk

 

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