Doesn’t that sound dreamy? This tradition of drinking tea under trees, or out in nature, is known as nodate. It doesn’t have to be a formal ceremony, but it can be if you like. I don’t have any cherry blossoms nearby, and it’s still a bit too cold to sit outside, but I’m making the most out of what I’ve got. For now, I’m whisking up matcha and drinking it windowside, next to potted plants. As soon as it’s warm enough, I’m heading outside. I imagine these outdoor tea ceremonies will be more than enough to hold me over until the spring produce arrives.