Tearooms are beautiful places to unwind from a crazy day at work. When most travelers think of teas places like Kyoto and Shizuoka come to minds as iconic for teas and kimono-clad sophisticates. Tokyo is Rome, not Kyoto! Located in the Ginza, a place well-known as an upscale district, is home to Kabuki and the rich. I work in the Ginza and found a tearoom near my office about a 10 minute walk. premium senchaIn the picture is a tea set. The silver pitcher has hot water at around 90 Degrees C. First you pour water into the empty bowl then turn the timer upside down for 1 minute. In the tea bowl on the right has about 30 grams of premium sencha tea. After one minute pour the hot water into the tea pot and move it around. Then pour into the drinking bowl down below. Enjoy! Other cultures and prefectures may have different methods for how they steep their teas, but the way I was shown was taught to me by the owner of this well-known Ginza tearoom called Jugetsu.
Premium senchaWhen you are drinking tea it is nice to have a visual stimulation. Rooftop tearoom with a nice garden that changes according to the season is a nice way to enjoy teatime.
For lunch, I also ordered gourmet rice balls stuffed with seaweed, whitebait, and bamboo. The brown tea is called Hojicha and is a roasted fermented brown tea that tastes amazing on a cold day. Next to the tea is a hot seaweed soup with fish cakes. Folded eggs; cookies, and pickles.