Post Reply A stick or twig in floating in tea
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Posted 7/12/17
In the beginning of Another World with my Smartphone they show that the MC's tea cup had a stick or something floating in it. I've seen this before, in other anime, so I assume it is significant in some way? Is it a Japanese thing?

Posted 7/12/17

SparkyBob wrote:

In the beginning of Another World with my Smartphone they show that the MC's tea cup had a stick or something floating in it. I've seen this before, in other anime, so I assume it is significant in some way? Is it a Japanese thing?



This is likely a form of "kuding" - which Chinese and Japanese tea drinkers will add a twig or stick of various types of plants to make the tea taste a little bitter. It's used as supplemental to the tea and can sometimes be found to be medicinal in nature. Also, there's always the act of adding a stick of cinnamon to your tea for additional health benefits and flavor.
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Posted 7/12/17
It's good luck.
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Cha-bashira


Have you seen a tea stalk floating vertically in your teacup when you have Japanese green tea? When you see it, you will have a good day. Because it is believed to be a lucky sign.

A tea stalk floating vertically is called chabashira (lit: tea pillar). Seeing a chabashira, we feel happy, saying “Engi(luck) ga (is) ii (good).”

The origin of this expression is unknown, but some say it is because that the situation is rare. Others say that a pillar for chabashira can be considered the central pillar of a house. We liken a chabashira floating vertically to a house pillar standing vertically, considering it is good.

Whatever the reasons, when you find a chabashira, be happy!

Hope all of us will enjoy our tea lives in 2014:-)

from http://japaneseteastory.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/a-sign-of-good-luck-chabashira.html
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Posted 7/12/17 , edited 7/12/17

gornotck wrote:

It's good luck.


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A little history on this: tea was said to be invented when a leave fell into the first Chinese emperor's hot water cup. It set for a while then he drank it and liked it. It was said to have been pointing up and was associated with good luck.
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The more you know
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Posted 7/13/17
I take my tea with a hint of whiskey, this is significant because I am an alcoholic.
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Posted 7/22/17
Spell to make a twig stand upright in tea... LOL perfect for conning a shinto/buddism person.

Apparently it is good luck.
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