October 5th and 7th – Iremon Event

Our annual craftsmen event will take place in two weeks time on October 5th and 7th. This year’s will be our largest yet with five craftsmen – Takahiro Yagi of Kaikado, Toru Tsuji of Kanaami-Tsuji, Yusuke Matsubayashi of Asahiyaki, Shuji Nakagawa of Nakagawa-Mokkougei and our friend Athico Ilye. The events will be based around the […]

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Moroccan Rosebuds

Rosa damascena, commonly known as the Damask rose, is one of the wonders of nature. Both its common and its botanical name refer to it as the ‘Rose from Damascus’, however the traces of its origin go back to 5000 BC in China. It was found in Europe again on mural paintings dated from 2000BC in Cnossos […]

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September 26th – Teabowl Talk by Bonnie Kemske

We have a busy schedule of events this autumn, starting with our Teabowl talk by our friend Bonnie Kemske on Tuesday 26th September. Bonnie is the author of a new book called ‘The Teabowl: East and West’ about the historical context of the chawan and its appropriation into contemporary ceramics. The talk will be held […]

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January 28th – Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

On Saturday 28th January we will be holding an event with Sophie Cavaliero and Valérie Douniaux, the authors of an beautiful new book ‘Céramiques Japonaises Contemporaines’ dedicated to the diversity and vitality of the modern ceramics scene in Japan. The book is written in French and English and explores the work of 50 contemporary Japanese […]

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French Peppermint

In 2014 Tim asked me to look for the perfect farmers to match our demanding criteria in sourcing tea: they must own their land, be under 15 acres,  and produce delicious plants without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It took me nearly two years to find four small growers, who added two unexpected criteria to our list since […]

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French Lemon Verbena

In 2014 Tim asked me to look for the perfect farmers to match our demanding criteria in sourcing tea: they must own their land, be under 15 acres,  and produce delicious plants without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It took me nearly two years to find four small growers, who added two unexpected criteria to our list since […]

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French Camomile

In 2014 Tim asked me to look for the perfect farmers to match our demanding criteria in sourcing tea: they must own their land, be under 15 acres,  and produce delicious plants without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It took me nearly two years to find four small growers, who added two unexpected criteria to our list since […]

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September 15th and 17th – Made by Hand

  Next week we will be holding two events at the shop with the theme ‘Made by Hand’, showcasing handmade utensils by three Japanese craftsmen. Toru Tsuji of Kanaami-Tsuji  and Takahiro Yagi of Kaikado will be at the shop in person demonstrating how they make their handwoven tea strainers and handmade tea caddies respectively. We will also […]

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Ambient Tea

Towards Pairing Fine Tea with Food Asia gave the world tea. Since it also gave some of its most sublime cuisines as well, why isn’t fine tea more often paired with fine food? Today, when many people look for a delicious and non-alcoholic drink to be paired with a wide variety of foods, surely it […]

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