If we were having coffee…

Or tea (choice is a good thing).

Japanese match & sweets
Japanese matcha & sweets
We could perhaps visit the little tea house in the ancient Byodoin temple together?

“What? Travel all the way there?”, you would have said. It’s not so far away, the little town of Uji. It has been at the centre of green tea production in Japan for over 800 years… well-worth the 30 minutes by train from Kyoto (and however many hours by flight to reach Kyoto). I would tempt you by saying that they serve the most delicate tea and sweets, knowing that you, like me, wouldn’t be able to resist beautiful Japanese sweets!

Byodoin Temple, Uji, Kyoto
The Byōdō-in (平等院), a Buddhist temple in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
We would enter the all-glass tea house that lets in all of that afternoon’s spun-gold light. We would sit at the smooth dark wooden table, silent for a few good minutes, until we had our fill of sun.

Gyokuro tea at Byodoin in Uji
Sipping drops of jade (gyokuro) at Byodoin in Uji.
Your choice this afternoon would be gyokuro tea, “drops of jade” in Japanese, best enjoyed in small, slow sips. We would be fully conscious that we were sharing a rare moment, both of us together, sharing tea. We usually prefer coffee – the smell, taste and effect are more in keeping with our rush-about lives it seems. Tea, on the other hand, requires another type of resolve… we would have to wait. The tea is even served with an hour glass to let us know when it’s time to sip the fragrant liquid, lest we ruin the potential of the taste with impatience. If only there was an hour glass for all potentially perfect moments, we may give up much less often “five minutes before the miracle”!

Tea served with an hour glass for the perfect brew
Tea served with an hour glass for the perfect brew
With the hot tea between our hands and the aroma of turning inwards filling the air, we would be tempted to talk about the past, to apologize for all the missed miracles and the people we did not manage to become. But we would resist that this afternoon and enjoy the moment.

Enjoying Japanese Matcha in Uji, Kyoto, Japan

©Lipstickandmiracles 2016



Author: lipstick&miracles

A poet-writer-dreamer who wants to share her collection of bright and quiet miracles strung together through travel, reading, writing, doodling and the rest of it. Shapes and words that make her heart skip a beat... and maybe yours too?

3 thoughts on “If we were having coffee…”

  1. Oh yes! What I loved the most about Tokyo was the tea ceremony! And that wasn’t even the real deal – as it was a tourist thing! I would absolutely love to experience an authentic Japanese tea room. I love the pictures and the way you describe it.

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  2. Personally I’m more a tea drinker than I coffee drinker. I would love to visit Japan someday. 🙂 Your descriptions & the photos in this post make me want to travel there even more. Who knows? Maybe I’ll head that way on my honeymoon next year.

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