“Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.” These are the famous words of Zen Buddhist monk Eisai in the early 12th century on his introduction of matcha to Japan. This very special Japanese tea will be making you rethink your morning coffee.
Vietnam. As far as holiday destinations, it’s an occasionally overlooked pick. While many Tokyoites head to Thailand or Indonesia to play in the sand, Hoi An remains a quiet choice, which also makes it a decidedly affordable one. Local craftworks and charming Viet-colonial architecture make Hoi An a worthwhile two- or three-day stop on any Vietnam tour. But Hoi An is more than trinket stalls and quaint doorways. There’s an indescribable energy seldom found elsewhere, that sticks to you and carries you to places and people you might not otherwise experience. It is, hands down, my new favorite spot in Asia. Here’s why.
Tucked away on a lane behind the popular Cat Street shopping area in Harajuku is an enticing Japanese tea room called Cha Cha No Ma, which literally means “tea space.” It is the perfect place to stop for refreshments and a wonderful Japanese tea experience for visitors to Tokyo.