Saturday, April 12, 2008

Study Abroad Japan: How to make hojicha - a popular summer drink to beat the humidity




As the rainy season starts in Japan so to does the preparation for summer. The normally dry weather has been replaced by hot, sticky humid days (mushi atsui). This type of weather calls for a special kind of refreshment and one of the most popular at this time of the year is cold tea. Mugicha and Hojicha are two types of tea that are widely drunk throughout Japan at this time. Green Tea is replaced by a colder more refreshing drink.
Making Hojicha is fun and simple.

Firstly find a big water container and fill it with water

Secondly buy some Hojicha or Mugicha from your local convenience store or supermarket.Great chance to practice your Japanese language skills. Add a single tea to the filled water container and mix it with a chopstick to make sure the water has absorbed the bag and then replace the lid.

Thirdly, place the container in the refrigerator and wait for the tea to diffuse.

In summer, you can do this before you go to bed or in the morning when you get up so that when you return home you have something cold to quench your thirst. You can also pour the tea into smaller containers, eg 500 ml pet bottle and then freeze it in the freezer. This is particularly useful for outings whereby you take the frozen bottle out and wrap it in a towel and can carry it all day





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