Japan Day was so much fun..
Sunday 26th February. The Cloud. Queens Wharf. Shed 10. Auckland CBD.
My flatmate said ‘Lauren get your butt off the couch, were going to get some culture’. I’m so glad she did because oh boy it was so much fun. I loved learning about a different culture and more about one of my favourite types of cuisines. JAPANESE! They had everything Japanese, from traditional clothing and shoes to tea ceremonies and amazing traditional performances. From incredible flower arrangements, cosplay characters to the food, all the food stalls to you could think of. Dumplings, green tea, bubble tea, fried noodle, Yakisoba, Ramen, Yakitori, cream puffs and so much more.
But first: Bubble Tea..
Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
The traditional Japanese tea ceremony is called ‘Chanoyu’ or ‘Ocha’ in the Japanese. The ritual is a sequence of steps for the preparation and serving of a green tea, called ‘Matcha’. The tea is served perfectly with a Japanese sweet to balance out the bitter flavour of the tea. And boy did I need that little sweet! I’m not usually a green tea person or a anything bitter person for that matter, I am sweet all the way. So I found the tea very bitter but I still enjoyed it very much. It has this foaming texture on top like a kids fluffy, so it was very tasty but, yes very bitter. I tried my best to finish it as I didn’t want to be rude and nailed it. The Japanese ladies that served us were so sweet!
Thank you to my flatmate for taking me along, I had the best day and learnt so much about the Japanese culture. I think Japan is going to have to be included in my next big trip.
Until next time Japan… THANK YOU!
Thanks for existing!
L 🙂 xx