Today's MatchaWan :D (new name, but tea's the same)


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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Seeker » Dec 6th, '09, 15:52

Good morning and almost afternoon to you all!
Today's matcha - Wako in a store bought chawan.
I like this one, tho store bought, and mass produced, somehow it does
not feel dead in my hand.
I like its sandy-earthiness, even tho I rarely if ever use it.
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Cheers, and may we all have good days, meeting whatever challenges arise as best we can. :wink:
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Victoria » Dec 6th, '09, 16:30

Nice shots! So what is your favorite matcha these days? I was surprised at the Kiri no Mori yesterday, it is a bit older than some, yet seemed to have mellowed and become sweeter.
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Chip » Dec 6th, '09, 20:09

Thanks Seeker and Victoria for sharing. Unfortunately, a bit camera impaired here currently ... well, should say still. Have the camera, but bought it before vista and have not been able to get it to work with vista. Frustrated to say the least.

Anyway, I can contribute a photo of one of the brother chawan, Seeker. This is somehow affectionately named the Orc Chawan. Enjoyed Zencha Yame Matcha in it today, so it is a "today's matcha chawan."

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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Seeker » Dec 7th, '09, 00:28

Wow Chip - I remember that one. Excellent. Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I yearn to see it cradling a batch of matcha, and i understand and sympathize with your camera issues.
Vista :evil: :twisted: :evil:

Vic - these days I'm drinking what's open - just finished Yame matcha sansui from zencha the other day, now working on finishing up my Wako. But my favs are Wakamastsu and Horai from Ippodo.
Also, I just ordered kaoru supreme from o-cha - that'll be my first organic, and I'm hoping to find an organic fav that matches wakamatsu and/or horai or at least gets close.

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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Buzz fledderjoh... » Dec 7th, '09, 13:37

Seeker wrote:But my favs are Wakamastsu and Horai from Ippodo.


I bought some Wakamatsu in Tokyo over the summer. I just took it out of the fridge a week or so ago and noticed the date on the bottom is 12/25/2009...I've been drinking koicha everyday. :)
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Seeker » Dec 7th, '09, 14:42

Yay Buzz! Do you like it? Care to share thoughts/experience?
How about a pic? :mrgreen:
Today, Wako (gotta finish that can! :wink: ) in shyrabbit shino.
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Cheers, and may all our Mondays be good ones.
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Buzz fledderjoh... » Dec 7th, '09, 18:45

Seeker wrote:Yay Buzz! Do you like it? Care to share thoughts/experience?
How about a pic? :mrgreen:
Today, Wako (gotta finish that can! :wink: ) in shyrabbit shino.
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Cheers, and may all our Mondays be good ones.
:D


Pretty funny actually...
It was my next to last day in Japan and I didn't want to take out anymore yen so I went to Takashimaya figuring they would take credit cards. I wandered all over the basement level (the food level) and couldn't find any matcha. Finally, at one of the counters, I see these rather generic looking tins and...wait a minute...I've had that matcha before...The salesgirl (who was very cute by the way) comes over and I'm like, "Ippodo desu ka?" and she says, "Hai".

Ah, SUGOI! ...and they took credit cards.

I've had the Wakamatsu before, earlier this year when they offered the New Years special blend. I like it, it's very good. I also bought either the Horai or the Tancho...I can't remember which. As for pictures, maybe by the weekend but don't expect anything artistic. :)
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Victoria » Dec 7th, '09, 19:45

O-Cha - Kiri no Mori in Ice Split:

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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Seeker » Dec 7th, '09, 19:48

Hi Buzz,
No artistic hullabaloo required, please!
I just get all inspired by GeekG and bonjiri, but I'm just takin' pics with my digital instamatic (or whatever you call this kind of cam).
Here it is, my humble cam:
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I look forward to and welcome whatever matcha & chawan pics you might wish to share. :D
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Seeker » Dec 7th, '09, 19:51

Victoria wrote:O-Cha - Kiri no Mori in Ice Split:

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NICE Pic Vic!!! :shock: :D
Thank you so much for sharing.
I'm so jealous of your wooden chasen stand.
D'ya mix in another vessel and pour?
Or spin the chasen inside the Ice Split a la survival/cavegirl firestarting?
:mrgreen:
edit/addendum: love your Ice Split! The 'splits' are amazing and quite striking as a backdrop for the tea. Wow. I mistakenly went with a more subtle Ice Split, and off-and-on regret it. Really nice to see and admire yours!
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Geekgirl » Dec 7th, '09, 20:08

Seeker wrote:Today, Wako (gotta finish that can! :wink: ) in shyrabbit shino.
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Love this image, Seeker. The color is outstanding, it really does that shino justice. I love that bluish shino. Is that what they call Nezumi? or does it have to be layered over the dark/light pattern to be called Nezumi?
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Seeker » Dec 7th, '09, 20:39

GG, wohh, I consider that high praise coming from you!
Thank you, I bow humbly. :)
:oops: I am embarrassed to say that I don't know the answer to your question about nezumi. :oops:
I am a lover of chawan, but a beginner by a long stretch. And as I am studying for my licensing exam, I've been unable to quench my thirst for chawan knowledge.
Perhaps Michael (the shy rabbit :wink: ), the creator, might grace us with an astute answer?
And if we're lucky, some equally talented others might chime in as well?
Then we can all go to school! :D :mrgreen:
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Victoria » Dec 7th, '09, 22:04

Seeker wrote: NICE Pic Vic!!! :shock: :D
Thank you so much for sharing.
I'm so jealous of your wooden chasen stand.
D'ya mix in another vessel and pour?
Or spin the chasen inside the Ice Split a la survival/cavegirl firestarting?
:mrgreen:
edit/addendum: love your Ice Split! The 'splits' are amazing and quite striking as a backdrop for the tea. Wow. I mistakenly went with a more subtle Ice Split, and off-and-on regret it. Really nice to see and admire yours!


Heh, you caught me. :shock: Yeah, I mixed in the green bowl from yesterday since it was still sitting out. Much easier, then I just rewhisked a bit. Oh and I had a drink, before I shot it, which is evident by the one side. :)

This nice man would be happy to make one for you:
http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.ph ... d=17536319
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Buzz fledderjoh... » Dec 7th, '09, 23:36

Seeker wrote:And if we're lucky, some equally talented others might chime in as well?
Then we can all go to school! :D :mrgreen:


I'm no expert either but let me try...

Nezumi means mouse in Japanese and nezumi shino is so called because of its grey color.
http://www.potters.org/subject76664.htm
(thanks to intuit for the link :) )
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Re: Today's Matcha :D (new name, but tea's the same)

Postby Seeker » Dec 8th, '09, 15:26

Today's matcha - Wako, and I finished the can today, so I can open some of my Ippodo Wakamatsu or Horai! Hmmm, which to open, hmmm...
In a Ronin Ceramurai chawan (Robert Fornell):
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(perhaps a bit too playful w/ comp on that one :wink: :oops: )

w/ elixir:
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Peace to all, and I'll practice remembering to take a conscious breath now and then today. :)
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