The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words related to tea. An integral part of Japan's food culture, it's celebrated in the tea ceremony and has inspired a uniquely Japanese aesthetic. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
"Ochauke": the sweets, pickles or fruit that accompany tea
"Chatsumi": tea harvest
"Cha no yu": the tea ceremony
"Chabashira ga tatsu": literally, "a tea stem floats upright," it is considered a good omen