Come and enjoy a sweet, bowl of matcha, and/or check out some potential gift ideas this Sunday.
My Green Tea will be accompanying Japanese Confectionary Chef Tokara‘s special Toryanse (open house) to whisk matcha, enjoy this month’s delightful wagashi morsels, and showcase the Japanese community’s beloved ceramic artist, Mika Sullivan’s life works. Her pottery will be available for sale by her family, the pieces will be the last of her works.
We as a family have been using Mika-san’s pieces, as there is no one who can make a “Kata-kuchi chawan” (bowl with a spout), like she can. Actually many, if not all of My Green Tea’s instagram shots of tea use most of her beautiful cups and/or chawans.
Though she has left this earth earlier then we all wanted her to, she’s left us with priceless pieces that are perfectly user-friendly and timeless in design.
Her drip-preventing chawan really makes it easy to pour samples of our Matcha and I am so thankful to experience such well made pieces. To this day, we continue to use her user-friendly, distinctively Kyoto inspired ceramics as tools to help spread the practice of tea.
If you have a chance to stop by to check out her collection, or just to take a moment to enjoy Tokara-san’s quaint Japanese vibe, please do. ^__^
TOKARA (6208 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle WA 98103)
At My Green Tea our mission is very simple, its is to source the finest green tea Japan can offer. When it comes to Japanese green tea, everybody knows that the best is produced in Shizuoka, the green tea capital of Japan.
Marushichi is a Shizuoka tea company with an impeccable reputation that is beloved and employs people within the community. Frankly there is no one that is more professional and dedicated to the quality of tea than the Marushichi tea family. They procure their leaves from select farmers whose families have been growing tea for generations.
The Marushichi tea family have been recognized and awarded for their excellence by both the Imperial palace of Japan and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, & Fisheries of Japan.
Our job as My Green Tea is to humbly bring this amazing tea to you. With love. ❤️
Back in October My Green Tea had the opportunity to participate in a special tea ceremony designed by our beloved and talented friend, Yuri Kinoshita. Hosted by Pottery Northwest, Yuri had worked closely with Wally Bivins and Yoshi Kawamura for this event.
Words cannot describe this serene atmosphere she created, inspired by Kimigamo Shrine’s iconic sand mounds in Kyoto. Hence the coned shape sculptures that hold her tea utensils.
Known for her accomplishments as a lighting designer from Kyoto, her work seems to continuously transcend all expectations. This Mugen event did not only serve as an exhibition, but a demonstration of traditional Japanese tea ceremony style known as Ryurei, of course with a Yuri Kinoshita twist.
Just as the traditional Ryurei tea ceremony style they used a table and chairs, instead of sitting on a Tatami mat. Unlike traditional Ryurei tea ceremony style Yuri custom designed and built the 30” ceramic mountain to hold her tools, hot water, sweets, and chawan (tea bowl). Her traditional, yet contemporary use of such material reminded us of one of our favorite tea heroes of all time, Sen no Rikyu. Thank you for allowing us to participate in your beautiful vision.
My Green Tea is excited to help represent a dear friend and artist, Yuri Kinoshita at the upcoming MUGEN event on October 20-31. My Green Tea will be serving and participating in a Ryurei Style Japanese green tea ceremony on Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24.
MUGEN is a word of Japanese origin, meaning dream, fantasy (夢幻), or infinite (無限). That being said, you will all need to attend the event to get the full flavor of MUGEN ^.<. Speaking of flavor, better to go experience that when My Green Tea is there on Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24.
Looking back at her older works we are excited to see what she has in store for us this coming October.
The following pictures are from when Sachiko Levy (the My Green Tea mommy), as well as several other members from the East-West Chanoyu Center came together to experience performing traditional Japanese tea ceremony on floating tea house on the South Lake Union pond. (*Photos taken by Seattle Times Photographer)
To view more of Yuri Kinoshita’s work, visit her website at: http://www.yurikinoshita.com/
I find myself continuously surprised by the Nikkei* presence in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (*Nikkei include people of mixed racial descent who identify themselves as emigrating from Japan, and/or descendants of Japan). As the summers start to cool, it can only mean one thing to the My Green Tea family, Akimatsuri is coming! How lucky we are to learn about our culture through direct experiences like Akimatsuri. It was these wonderful community get-togethers that enriched my childhood. And now I am inspired to pass it along to the next generations to come. I highly encourage those that have children, Japanese or non-Japanese alike to come together and understand each other’s cultural essence through Japanese-style arts and crafts (including the performing and martial arts).
Akimatsuri, known as the “fall festival,” is brought to you by a non-profit organization called ENMA (Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association). Staffed with a team of community minded volunteers who are interested in preserving and furthering the arts and crafts of Japan for the enjoyment of all community members in the greater Seattle area. Their efforts have indefinitely made a difference in creating the bridge between Japan and Seattleites.
There are still more lessons to be learned and memories to be made, so come join My Green Tea at the 18th Annual Akimatsuri!