Bonsai Cookie Tree

Bonsai Cookie Tree

One of the things synonymous with Japan is how beautiful the details are, and how exquisitely things are presented. It can be anything from an elaborate tea ceremony sweet that looks like a folded leaf, to the way the shop assistant angles the paper before wrapping up a gift.

In the food hall of Takashimaya department store I was brought to a standstill by this ‘tree’, looking like a bonsai but with ‘leaves’ made up of cookies. And not just any old cookies, but intensely flavoured matcha cookies with white chocolate sandwiched inside.

Better still, instead of just broken pieces to sample, entire cookies were being handed out as an enticement to buy…

Just another of the million reasons why I love Japan so much!


Drip Tea

I was sceptical at first… this looks like nothing more than an attempt to hijack the ‘origami’ coffee trend for tea.

It’s the same ‘rip open at the top and pour hot water in’ bag, suspended by dinky cardboard arms over the sides of your cup. How could it possibly be any different from a tea bag?

But I was surprised and delighted. It may simply be the quality of the tea, which comes from the mountains of Imari in Kyushu, and whose leaves are apparently wrapped whilst budding for a ‘sweet undertone with a sublime taste’. It may be the quality of the filter, which is very fine mesh rather than paper.

Whatever the reason, this was the nicest green tea I can recall tasting – delicate, aromatic and fresh. The poster that caught my eye promised this would taste and smell like green tea steeped in a pot, because the way the filter opens out gives the leaves chance to unfurl and thus produce a deeper flavour than they would in a normal tea bag. It seems this was right, and I will be rushing back for more.


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