Hooray! Finally summer is here in Seattle.  Driving with the windows down and radio up, I like to feel the heat of the glaring sun and a cool breeze touching my skin– I like the contrast.  Summer is so short here.  I must enjoy this as much as possible before never-ending troops of gray clouds coming in with undetermined rain.

Okinawa, where I grew up, gets unbelievably HOT in summer.  It belongs to sub-tropical climate, and it means hot and HUMID!  It feels like you’re covered with a wet heavy blanket all the time. The vending machines are our savior.  You must constantly drink something to hydrate yourself.

Cold green tea helps with the heat in the summer time

cold green tea

In Japan, cold tea is commonly enjoyed during summer. I used to help my mother to prepare cold green tea when we had visitors.  My mother had a very beautiful set of glassware and I looked forward to using her tea set every summer.  It was all about the presentation to me. As a little girl, I enjoyed placing a beautiful delicate glass on a matching coaster, Japanese traditional sweets on a pretty plate, and a tiny bamboo fork aside. Then, I set everything on a tray and took careful steps to bring it to the guest.  Wiping sweat off the forehead with a handkerchief, the guest greeted and thanked me for my hard work. Watching the guest enjoying the cold green tea so deliciously was my happy moment. “My mission is done.”

When I think of summer, this is one of my favorite childhood memories.

Tea glassware for Japanese green tea

It is very easy to make cold green tea and you can use the loose leaf or teabags you already have.  Brew it very dark first and immediately add iced water. This is the key point of making delicious cold green tea. Choose from our wide selections.  Enjoy!

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