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Naoko's New Etsy Shop

My Etsy Shop has a new look! 
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Twelve by Three Hundred - April

A simple clay cup is on my dining table. This cup keeps fascinating me—I am currently writing poetry about it— I got it from a street vendor coming back from Chand Baori, which is the famous stepwell in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in India. I love chai tea. I had tasted good chai in many places— Yokohama, Bruges, and San Francisco… But this chai tea in the clay cup was the best of all. Maybe because an unusual location helped my taste buds— I had a tea time in the middle of nowhere in mustard fields and there was nothing, really nothing around the local chai shop on the highway. 

In the shop, the tea maker boiled water in a big copper pot. He put in masala spices— his nails were stained brown with them, which I assumed were the spice crumbs— and powder milk from a stainless box with a lot of sugar. I did not know at the moment but when the British Empire colonized India, high quality tea leaves were all exported to Europe. Therefore, there was only cheap tea available in India.…

Have a Wonderful Morning!

It was a great thing to start the morning with.