Sakura Bliss

Springtime cherry blossoms are reminiscent of the Japanese notion of mono no aware – a sensitivity to the transience of life.

“Fine weather, isn’t it?” the protagonists of Japanese screenwriter Yasujirō Ozu would wistfully affirm to one’s self to realize a point past a turn. With this, creating a sense of mono no aware – a Japanese ideation of the awareness of impermanence, or better understood as the “ahhh-ness” of passing things. Carried in the essence of Japanese culture it has been an imperative in their artistic practice and its influence deepset throughout history. Inspired by this sensibility, we have highlighted a selection of Japanese teas and accessories to acquaint you with their unique ways.

Sakura Bliss

Hanami, or flower watching, dates back to Emperor Saga’s reign in the 8th century where celebrations were held within the imperial gardens to tribute the flower’s ephemeral beauty. Every spring in Japan, Hanami is spent picnicing underneath these beloved trees with loved ones.

A blissful reminder of those spring days spent underneath the flush of cherry blossoms – our Sakura Bliss is a rare herbal infusion made from those wild leaves of Japanese cherry trees. Carefully harvested by hand, the leaves are processed in the style of oolong. Partially oxidized, rolled and pan-fried, the result is a fragrant infusion with distinctive notes of sweet cherry and almond that linger on your palate.

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Kumano

 

Kukicha is a Japanese blend of tea stems and leaf veins from first-class senchas and gyokuros. The less caffeinated sibling of Japanese green tea, it packs a full savory-sweet body to complement that green sencha freshness to delight each and every day.

 

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Shinto Matcha

 

Follow a mossy path that twists its way through the forest to reveal a hidden shrine with our Shinto Matcha. With its fine balance of fresh sweetness and gentle bitter notes, it offers the perfect entry point to the way of matcha, and a touchup to a daily routine.

 

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Chanoki Kyusu

 

Modernity meets tradition in this dark take on the classic Japanese side-handled kyusu pot. The unglazed clay lends a tactile touch and a sophisticated matte finish. A perfect match for the Chanoki Cup.

 

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Hammered Tea Scoop

 

Perfectly portion tea leaves into the pot with this gleaming, stainless steel scoop. Handmade in Japan, each scoop features an undulating dotted texture that’s the result of an artisanal pressing technique.

 

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Sakura scenes from Gärten der Welt, Berlin.