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We have been nominated as a potential winner in the “2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards by The Luxury Travel Guide” . We pay my heartfelt respects and gratitude to those who recommended our company. Thank you.         If you’re interested in our tour, please check out these three tours: Authentic Cha-kaiseki and Tea Ceremony in Tokyo Green Tea and Wagashi Delights in Tokyo Enjoy Wagashi Making with Uji Matcha Tea!

We have been nominated in 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Award.

It’s such a hot summer day here in Tokyo. And nothing is better than a cold beer on a day like this, right? But how about Matcha beer? We went to Isetan department store in Shinjuku to check out the “Easy to Enjoy Green Tea” event yesterday. One of the vendors called 1899 who calls themselves a “Green Tea Restaurant” was showing their specialty Matcha beer. Of course, we tried it, and it was an interesting experience of smelling the fresh scent of Matcha while tasting the usual bitterness of a beer. You might want to try it at their […]

We tired specialty Matcha beer.

Prior to the official launch of our new tour that includes a tea ceremony and Kaiseki lunch, we are doing a private tour next week. Today we went to the venue to make sure everything is fine to welcome our first guests. Here’s some pictures taken there. Have a sneak preview for now as we will launch the tour at the end of June!  

We will launch our new tour at the end of ...

As we are going to welcome our very first guests on our very first tour on May 9th, we visited Doi-en again for one last meeting last week. Mr. Doi, the owner served us Shin-cha, a tea that’s made of the first fresh leaves of the season, only available at this time of the year. He served us 2 cups of the same Shin-cha, but with different water temperatures. Did you know depending on the water temperature, the same tea leaves end up tasting totally different, due to the different melting points of what’s contained in a tea leaf? On […]

Experience this surprisingly different tastes of Shin-cha!

The other day, I had “Matcha Affogato” for the very first time at a cafe in Tokyo. Affogato is a traditional Italian espresso-based treat that I am sure many of you have tried before. This one, however, is matcha on top of matcha ice cream served with red beans jam and rice‐flour dumplings! As much as I loved the taste, I loved the way they served it; you get to whisk matcha and put it on the ice cream yourself! It was a bit of a Zen moment in the heart of Tokyo! lol

“Matcha Affogato” for the very first time at a cafe ...

As you may know, Matcha is used in many types of Western confectioneries here in Japan. Today we had a guest who brought us a Matcha roll cake of Jiichiro, a confectionery from Shizuoka. Shizuoka is a prefecture that produces almost 40% of green tea in Japan! We had it with Starbucks coffee for a change, and actually it matched pretty well! lol

A Matcha roll cake of Jiichiro