Keep warm with blue tea this winter

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be cooler than yesterday, but still quite warm with a high of 19C. The rest of the week is also looking pretty nice. Saturday may see some rain, but temperatures will continue to be slightly above normal for this time of year. The weatherman on NHK keeps reminding us that December, January and February are going to be colder than usual in Western Japan, so you might want to start preparing yourself for chilly weather soon.

One of the peculiar points of the Japanese language is that the word aoi, while most commonly meaning “blue,” can also mean “green.” For example, verdant forests and the traffic lights indicating “go” are both aoi.

However, the hue of Japanese green tea is never described with aoi, So when novelty goods retailer Village Vanguard says its new tea is aoi, they mean it’s blue…really, really blue.

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Like the blue apple jam that Village Vanguard started selling earlier this autumn, the Anchan Blue Tea gets its eye-catching color from the use of the butterfly pea herb, called anchan in Thailand, where it’s cultivated.

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A single tea bag can be used to brew approximately two liters of blue burdock root tea, which is good because once your friends see you drinking a glass they’ll be sure to want to try it for themselves.

The tea can be served either hot or iced, and while it can be drunk without additional flavorings, the makers also recommend stirring in a spoonful of blue apple jam.

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Alternatively, the blue tea can be mixed with wine, soda water, or even sake, which is said to darken its shade to purple.

Don't you think that this tea-with or without sake-will chase your blues away this winter? Heck, I might even try it and I'm no tea drinker.

Have a great day!


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