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::::: Workshop Report 12: May 24th, 2014 :::::

posted May 25, 2014, 7:17 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 12:33 AM ]

Japanese Tea Experience 2 ~ Japanese Tea Blind Tasting Game ~

 

On May 24th, ICT held the 12th workshop “Japanese Tea Blind Tasting and Trial”, which was called Tocha-Kai (闘茶会). I didn't imagine what Tocha was. Tocha stands for a game where participants identify which tea is which one just by tasting the water-brewed tea. It was very difficult because the difference was subtle. ICT held the workshop “Japanese Tea Experience 1” last month, and we learned the basic “how to brew Japanese Tea”. Unfortunately I almost forgot what I learned, so I tried to join the game with uneasy feeling.


Our instructor Haruna san and her assistant Aki san showed the audience how to play the Tocha-Kai. Afterwards, we split twenty participants into two groups - player and organizer team (*A role of an organizer team was operation for games) All of us got nervous but were excited.

 

The players, we took the very small cup (60ml) for looking, smelling and tasting the tea right after the cup was placed in front of us. And then we had to determine the answer which tea was which, peeling one answer label, and placed it on the answer sheet. In this way, for game 1, players tasted all teas (5 kinds) and we repeated it 3 rounds. All players played for keeps, and they seemed “Japanese tea sommeliers”. Yuta won the game, he was able to identify very well and got 9 points in total.


On the other hand, the members in an operation team were so busy to keep going the games smoothly. They had a wide variety of tasks, for instance, tea pourer, paper cup distributor, collector, marker, answer checker and announcer and more. They looked like as shop assistants!


We feel proud of Japanese Tea, Shizuoka prefecture was designated as a world agricultural heritage site a couple years ago. I think we should pay more attention to our own tea. It was really significant for us. Getting know about Japanese Tea is the best way to be aware of our identity we're Japanese. While foreigners are very keen on Japanese rituals, we Japanese usually drink tea much, but we don't care about it, sometimes nothing to care…

 

I was interested in Japanese tea last time, specifically how to brew Japanese tea, but this time we could find out the differences by tea types and tried how to operate the Japanese Tea Blind Game. Ended up holding our own Tocha-Kai.

 

Finally, thank you very much our organizer JoJo for holding the workshop, and we would also like to appreciate Haruna san and Akiko san with all preparation for today!







 

(Posted by Hidetoshi Takasaka)