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For a lot of us, tea is a little like poetry. Maybe we think we don't want it. And then somebody hands it to us and we realize how good, how restorative, how subtle it can be.
Last spring I was staying at a secondary school in Japan where Tea is offered as a course that one can take for several semesters. By Tea, of course, they mean not just the liquid you drink but the elaborate set of ceremonies, gestures, attitudes and aesthetics that accompany it. Tea is serious business. Or perhaps it is just the catalyst that sets serious business in motion ...
On the other side of the globe, I've noticed a surge in veddy British tea experiences, especially in places like Manhattan's Alice's Teacup shops which connect us not merely to the British habit of sitting for tea but to a set of frilly, flowery distinctly non-American accoutrements.
So, today, tea. The beverage that invites us to pause, which is a good thing. Leave your comments below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.