The owner of a tea shop was setting tea leaves in the cup

Man setting tea leaves in cup
Shot at Datong District in Taipei, Taiwan ©Tetsu Ozawa
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I came to another tea shop which was different from the tea house I visited just before nearby. There are many tea shops in this area of Taipei. It seems that this area used to be a wholesale district for tea leaves, and there is even a park named Chaoyang Tea Park nearby, which is named after the tea leaves.

Each of these tea houses has its own atmosphere. Some are like warehouses with big cans of tea leaves scattered about, while others have a neat space to serve customers. This shop was rather the latter.

There was a space at the back of the shop for customers, and there was a nice table set up. As soon as I entered the shop, I was let in there. And the owner of the tea house, who can speak Japanese a little, served me tea to taste. He was not doing anything in particular and may have been bored. He let me taste many cups of different kinds of tea while talking about all sorts of things related to tea.

Behind him was large calligraphy with Chinese poetry on it. I didn't have any background in Chinese literature, so I could not understand the content. To me, who has no background in Chinese literature, it was just a list of Chinese characters.


Where is Chaoyang Tea Park in Datong District?




Shooting Date

Jul 2019

Posted On

November 24, 2019

Modified On

March 18, 2021


Taipei, Taiwan


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