I think I ate play-doh!!

Posted: June 5, 2010 in Assignment, Culture
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The preparation of tea

Our travels in Yokohama brought us to one of the top floors of a very luxurious hotels. Our purpose there was to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The ceremony was, uh, interesting to say the least. For starters, it was very quiet, and we knew right away we were expected to use our inside voices. Starting the ceremony off with 3 small treats…well before I continue, I wanna say I mean no disrespect to the Japanese people, this ceremony, or their food, but if I didn’t know any better I would say one of the treats was play-doh! It felt like it and was very unpleasant taste and texture wise. Oh yea, by the way, I wasn’t the first one to come up with the “play-doh” description. Bryce owns a picture of me that shows the pure disgust on my face I received from eating it. If he sends it to me I will post it. Enough of that, let’s move on. The tea itself was pleasant and the women performing the ceremony were friendly. The woman in charge even gave me a special origami crane that was different from the rest because I almost didn’t get one. However I don’t do pink with pink flowers so I traded đŸ˜›

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Comments
  1. I thought this was definitely an experience. I thought the pre-tea snacks were very very sweet! I didn’t eat all the purple one. đŸ™‚ It was a great thing to experience and I think we all would have enjoyed it more if we would have known the history behind it before going.

    The view from the tea ceremony room was amazing!

  2. kiyabarden says:

    Okay, whatever it was that we were served this day was extremely horrible. No disrespect but I had no idea what it was. It did taste a little bit like play-doh and your face was unexplainable when you ate it. You were the last one to witness, so I think you got it worst, just kidding. It was a great cultural experiences but a horrible food experience. I sure don’t miss that.

  3. jaredinjapan says:

    Wait, did she fold a new paper crane right in front of you that’s pretty awesome. As for the play-doh remark I agree with that for the purple flower treat we were given, the rest just tasted like sugar. I wonder what kind of tea they used for the ceremony, because I remember her saying that the sweets were to balance out the bitterness of the tea which I felt was unnecessary.

  4. vidajimenez says:

    I had the chance to tasted some of the treats we had at the tea ceremony a few days earlier at a some shop with our professor. The design of the sweets made them look so delicious but when I actually took a bite I was surprised how different the texture and taste was. I don’t think it was that bad it was just very sweet as in it tasted like pure sugar. But I did enjoy eating the sweets with tea.

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