Tea Houses and Spring in Japan

japan_tea_houseWith cherry blossom season in Japan comes tea. The tea house has a long and important tradition. A place to quench your thirst and refresh your spirit.

A visit becomes a ritual for the senses—the bitterness of the tea, the sweetness of the cake, the warmth, texture, and color of the cup, the scent of the air, and the sounds in the world. A simple experience that brings calm and wonder. And all this for a bit money and a little of time. Click on the image for a larger view.