Saturday, August 27, 2011

The lotus flower and tea culture

Lotuses grow out of mud pure and clean. Chinese poets often draw their analogies from this flower, inspiring others to strive hard and persist in the most difficult of circumstances, just as how the lotus flower brings beauty and sweet scents from the murky depths of the pond. 

Understandably, lotus designs were introduced into tea ware designs and gained popularity in the Yuan Dynasty. In Buddhism, the flower symbolizes faithfulness. The golden lotus on the other hand, symbolizes enlightenment.

The sage of tea, Lu Yu, greatly respected for his contribution to Chinese tea culture, once dreamed of the mirror lake fairy who entrusted him with the responsibility of protecting the lotuses in that lake. A very beutiful dream indeed.

I will conclude with a poem by Tang dynasty poet, Wang Chang Ling, who bade farewell to his friend at the Lotus Inn: 


A copy of the English translation of this poem can be found here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Why drink tea?

Why I drink tea?
1. To stay in shape
2. To keep calm and focus
3. To improve my blood circulation

Others tell me - "I'm fighting cancer.", "I need to lose weight very quickly!" or "Tea accessories look so cool and I just found another reason to drink tea!"

What are your reasons for drinking or not drinking tea? What kinds of tea do you brew? Do you prefer your tea ice cold or piping hot?

Are you ready to embark on this misty-rious journey with me as we go in search of the many faces of this global beverage from the Orient?


Monday, August 8, 2011


From left to right:

- Straits Chinese porcelain tea boat (1950s)
- Japanese tea boat with rim indentations (modern)
- Chinese porcelain tray (modern)