Wednesday, October 31, 2007

JAPAN: Tea fields

I don't know about you but when I think tea fields the first thing that comes to mind is that Snapple radio commercial where some dude flies to China just to ask an old man about the properties of white tea. "You could've just looked it up on the internet," the old man quips.

Well, internet info is great but it certainly doesn't replace a first-hand view. No smog here! Just amazingly fresh air atop a quiet hill in the middle of nowhere. The bushes hold your typical green leaves; what you'd find dogs peeing on at the local park. So it's the process that's important in turning foliage into a fat-free infusion.

I shot this video in Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan. They're known for their tea and create all kinds of other products like green tea cookies, matcha tea latte--even green tea soap. I'm sure some of the local bath houses even fill their tubs with hot, sudsy tea water. Supposedly, Japanese tea carries powerful anti-oxidants. Personally, I think it's just an excuse to dye yourself green.
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1 comment:

Chubbypanda said...

Raw tea leaves taste nasty. =b Not that I was stupid enough to try eating one when younger or anything. The curing process really adds a lot.