TEA-RAPY READ: How to find your Ikigai and navigate through life

5 MINUTES READ Aren’t we all glad to finally see the light at the end of the circuit breaker? Some of us came out as newly-minted masterchefs, or at least with a fresh new outlook on life. But for some of us who could not adjust to the disrupted life rhythm on top of being socially marooned from friends, we struggle to feel motivated. Well, we can relate. During the course of the circuit breaker, the teapasar team learned to take stock about life through “ikigai” (pronounced Ick-ee-guy). In Japan, millions of people practice this time-honoured concept – it is the philosophical battery powering them through their daily grind to find fulfilment between the cross-section of their values, things they like to do, what they can get paid for, and things they are good at. Those are the questions worth ruminating while sipping a good cup of sencha. Shop: Organic Sencha Green Tea (80g loose leaf), Chill Tea Tokyo, $57.80

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TEA IS FOR TRAVEL: Mixology Salon

WHERE: Mixology Salon, Tokyo In a city where the traditional converges with the avant-garde, Mixology Salon sits at the center and offers creative tea-inspired spirits using a curated collection of premium teas leaves – from hojicha-infused bourbon and soba cha vodka to oolong tea-flavoured rum and sencha gin – in a relaxed and understated nook atop Ginza Six shopping mall. Their star mixologist Shuzo Nagumo introduced “teatail”, which became the ne plus ultra of their menu. Using Gyokuro – regarded as the highest quality of green tea natively – a cocktail course is charged with three different levels of infusion so you can savor the nuances between each tea strength. There is a certain ceremony to the experience that is quintessentially Japanese: to complete the course, you will be served with a smoked oyster soy sauce finished with the residual Gyokuro tea leaves. If you hit the bar during the right time of the year, you might get to try

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TEA IS FOR TRAVEL: Kou-An Glass Teahouse

WHERE: Kou-An Glass Teahouse, Tokyo Tea, since time immemorial, has been an important thread in Japan’s cultural and philosophical fabric. Artist Tokujin Yoshioka crystallized his reverence for his native tradition in a different form that sheds a new light on the art of tea in today’s milieu. Images: Tokujin Yoshioka The minimal glass architecture forgoes the typical physical elements one would find in a teahouse, such as a tatami, Ikebana, and calligraphy scroll. It is reduced to the rudiments of how tea ceremony is appreciated: in a state of mind that transcends time, space, and object. In the open-window concept, observers will see the transparent installation’s poetic expression in constant flux under the travelling sunlight at different times of the day. Spatial cognition is thrown in sharp relief when one moves into it, as the line between indoor and the surrounding environment is invisible. It is an experience that would pique your deeper senses and a newfound appreciation for the

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