Thursday, August 26, 2010


Don't let the neat rows of tea bushes in Wazuka near Kyoto dazzle you. Look at the forest cover in the background. 70% of the country is under forest cover. Yet, this is a country that has one of the highest population density per square kilometer; lots of industries and urban sprawl competing for every inch of space with agriculture. So how do they do it? Perhaps the tea bushes hold the answer. When things are done so meticulously and with so much love then almost anything is possible.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

四季春 Sikiharu : Four Seasons Spring

Cold winter rain
Red blossom shoots by
Tokyo spring

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


There is no superficial glitz nor glamour and there are always some imperfections in the process of manufacturing tea. However there is pleasure even in that imperfection. Simplicity and sincerity like the way this girl is sorting her tea is what makes the imperfect beautiful.

Transient Beauty

Dark clouds threaten to make the tea gardens even more green in Fikkal, Ilam in east Nepal. It was such a magical moment but beauty is transient and after a few minutes that magic was gone.