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The Tea Crane Blog — a: Tyas Sōsen

Why is it more difficult to find high-grade organic matcha as opposed to organic leaf tea?

Posted by Tyas Sōsen on

Why is it that most 'organic' matcha teas turn out to be bitter and unsuitable for thick tea? Should we simply accept the answer that is most often heard among members of the tea industry? "It is just impossible to match the quality of a non-organically grown matcha, using only organic methods." I don't think so. This response is merely a show of ignorance and laziness. 

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What has waking up in the morning to do with tea?

Posted by Tyas Sōsen on

Why do you wake up in the morning? What energizes you to come out of bed and start the day? Or, what do you do in the morning after you wake up to put yourself in a positive mood to start the day?

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Does technology have a place in the rite of tea?

Posted by Tyas Sōsen on

I am an active promoter of traditional values, standards and ways. I enjoy to work with a tea scoop that has pedigree and an amazing story to it, and feel the spiritual value of carving a tea scoop self handedly as opposed to employing a 3D printed object. But I am also curious. Is there perhaps a place for ‘digital craftsmen’ in the tea environment? Or can digitally created objects at least give us a distant, but real engagement with old objects that contemporary practitioners would otherwise have no chance of engaging with?

 

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I Tasted 187 Teas In One Day.

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

From 9am in the morning until 4pm in the afternoon I tasted 98 different kinds of sencha, 14 types of Gyokuro, and 75 variations of oxidized and fermented teas. In total, I tasted 187 teas in about 7 hours, more than I have ever tasted, and more than I ever believed I was capable of doing in the span of just one day.

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A lesson on Bancha at a Prime Minister's villa

Posted by Stephen Sōshun on

Most commonly Bancha is considered as tea that is drunk on a daily basis, and is thus therefore supposed to be ‘inexpensive.

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Raising the Bowl of Tea

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

Raising the bowl before we consume tea may seem as a trivial gesture, but in essence it engraves in our hearts the knowledge we need to gratefully and respectfully build our interdependent relationship with mother earth.

 

 

 

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Three Faces of Nature

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

In just two hours, we had tasted 5 teas, and watched 3 different gardens. I couldn’t have thought of a more unique tea tasting myself. The taste of the teas we savored may never be the same again; and the occasion, shared with all attendees, will never return. This afternoon has turned into a treasure to be kept in our hearts forever.

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How I Activated Lazy Me.

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

If you are doing what you feel is right, and resonates with who you are, then results will show. In the end, if you are doing what you love doing, people will recognize your passion and beliefs.

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About ‘Buji’

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

Becoming able to perfectly execute an art is not where our realization of mastery ends, it is where the journey towards true mastery begins.

 

 

 

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Visiting The Shapers Of The Japanese Tea Of The Future.

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

I believe that tea is not suited for mass production. On the contrary, it must be savored and treasured with great care and compassion, as it is the life and energy of the bush that we are allowed to receive.

 

 

 

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