Tuesday, June 9, 2009

new tea bushes

Notice the other, very small tea plants as well

Rika gave me a bagful of freshly picked green tea on Sunday. I asked her surprised, " Where did you get this? ". She led me across the road to 5 small bushes living amongst the sasa (bamboo grass). That's my girl! She often teaches me the names of plants,trees, and weeds in Japanese. This she learns at school and from her friends and their parents. Sadly I informed her that we can't drink the tea because the bushes are right next to the road. Pollutants from cars will accumulate in anything so near. "But, we can dig these out, plant them in the garden, and next year we can have lots of tea " I said hopefully. This should give them time to clean out.

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