Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Seibo (Winter gift)

Seibo are presents we gratefully give to people who have helped us.
We send Seibo from the beginning of December until around December 20th.
In the past, we sent things like rice, mochi, and fish.
But, nowadays, generally food, Japanese green tea and daily necessities are given.
This custom began with offerings to the year god from the end of the year until the New Year.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Labor Thanksgiving Day

Labor Thanksgiving Day(Kinro kansha no hi) is a national holiday in Japan.
It takes place annually on November 23. The law establishing the holiday cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks.
It is one of holiday for many people in Japan.
But we have to work today. Because we are staffs of green tea store. So our store never close on Sunday or some national holiday.
But it is OK. We look forward to working with customers and hope that we can be of further service.
This is really Labor Thanksgiving Day!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I didn't like a board game when I was a child.
But my brother liked it very much.
So I lost a game every time when we played.

Some time ago, I played Scrabble.
It was a first time for me.
It's too difficult!
And of course, I lost a game...

But I think I will enjoy a game over a cup of tea next time...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Autumnal colors of the leaves

The foliage season has arrived again.
I love this season!
Many Japanese people enjoy the changing colors of autumn leaves.
And also, we would like to drink a hot tea in this season.
I recommend you sencha with some sweets.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

History of green tea

Green tea was brought from China and has been extensively cultivated in Japan. Although it is now one of the most popular beverages in Japan, it was once so precious that only a select few, such as monks and nobility could afford its pleasures.
Thanks to the efforts of Eisai, a twelfth century Zen monk, green tea was introduced to the public, and samurai warriors and common people began to enjoy the new drink. Chinese people have long known of the health benefits of green tea and used it medicinally. When Eisai was introducing the effect of drinking green tea, he professed, “A medicine is for one disease only, but green tea is a kind of panacea that can prevent and treat all sorts of ailments.”
Subsequently, green tea has taken root in Japanese society as a specialty item. Recently, it has once again attracted a lot of attention as a health-promoting beverage, with many benefits. We hope you enjoy drinking green tea to your heart’s content.