Friday, December 04, 2009

The Pleasure of Tea Open House Sale; Sept 27-Oct 5, '08

This sale featured not only tea wares; such as new kyusu pots from Mashiko, contemporary tea bowls from artists like Lee Love and George Gledhill, and antique bowls from SE Asia; but we also introduced a number of teas from partners in Japan. Two separate tasting sessions were held giving guests the opportunity to taste Japanese teas representing a variety of appelations and processing styles. Gyokuro from Fukuoka, deep-steamed Sencha from Shizuoka, roasted Houjicha, pan-fired Kamairicha from Miyazaki, and varying taste profiles of Sencha from Shizuoka, Kagoshima, Saitama, and Uji, just to name a few. We also featured freshly made wagashi, seasonal Japanese sweets, made by Tokara in Seattle. How lucky we are to have one of the few professional Japanese sweet makers in the whole country just down the street! Below are some photos of the showroom to give you an idea of what things look like in a typical open house sale.

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