There are many traditions in Japan, many of which may be foreign to those who are not familiar with Japanese culture. In Japan… you never, ever, ever wear shoes inside! When you get home from school, you take your shoes off at the door, line them up, and put on your indoor slippers.
If you’ve ever been in a Japanese restaurant or strolled through Japantown or Chinatown in a nearby city, chances are you’ve noticed a little cat statue on a shelf or in a shop window. You may have even noticed that little cat waving it’s paw at you! This little cat figurine, called maneki neko, is a lucky charm that is very popular in Japanese cultures. Maneki neko (or lucky cat) is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck or fortune to those who own one. Here’s what we’ve learned about this good luck charm…
Meet Marya, our latest Foreign Correspondent who traveled with her family through Japan this past spring. Here, she shares a personal story of their experience and how they all fell in love with Japan again, on their second trip there as a family.
You know the saying… Rome wasn’t built in a day. Well, there’s no way you can truly experience all its splendor in just one day. In fact, you might need a few to get through our list of sites, adventures and food! If you happen to find yourself in Rome (or you’re just lusting from afar!), make sure to check out some of our favorite spots, hand-picked and vetted by our our designers, our co-founder and CEO, Leigh, and even kid tested by Leigh’s two boys, Adam and Matthew.
If you’re an avid Studio T reader, you’re probably aware that our Tea designers draw inspiration for our prints and graphics from a myriad of sources, art and nature being a very popular one. In Italy, we found inspiration everywhere; in familiar places like museums and architecture but also in some new places, too.
You may have come across his photos on the pages of Kinfolk or perhaps you’re one of his 189k followers on Instagram, but if you haven’t met Hideaki Hamada, please let us introduce you to one our friends and favorite photographers!
To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)!