Today we have an oolong from the Nantou area of Taiwan, brewed “grandfather
” style in a cup that says Nippon
(<--linky) on the bottom and features two strange birds (?) leaping at each other. The birds seem to have whale tails instead of heads. I love the cup, does anyone have any idea what’s going on with the rampaging bird creatures or the flowers (peonies? no, they’re Chinese) and vines? As usual, clicking will access a larger image.
While working with blow ups of the photo, I noticed there is something written above the word Nippon, but I can't make it out. See nosy parker detail here.
Since everyone seems so chataku crazy this week, I will mention that the one in the photo is from Utsuwa
That is all. As you were.