Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Japan July 3, 2018 How French entrepreneurs hope to save Japanese matcha blends As I’m living in Japan and getting more and more acquainted with Japanese tea cultivars, and styles of matcha, I’m also sliding deeper and deeper down the Japanese tea rabbit hole. Here in the ra... Japan June 22, 2018 This is what happens inside a Japanese tea factory Most of us only see one phase of tea, the dried leaves that end up in our cup. If you’re drinking tea from a tea bag, you might actually never see your tea at all. Between the bush and cup tea takes a... Japan June 20, 2018 I’m living on a Japanese tea farm! You might know by now that for the past month and a half I’ve been living on a Japanese tea farm in the Kyoto countryside. The place I’m staying at is called Obubu Tea Farms and is a really amazing m... Japan June 18, 2018 Sencha do, the other Japanese tea ceremony Kaoru Nakai welcomes us into her family's home. It's more than 130 years old and cool in the summer. "And also in winter," she jokes. Nakai speaks Japanese but between my small knowledge of the langu... Japan July 17, 2015 Five Memorable Experiences in Kyoto There are many memories waiting to be made in Kyoto. You would really have to work hard to have a bad time in the city. It is very walking friendly, and surprisingly most things are relatively close ... Japan August 10, 2012 The World’s Biggest Fish Market: Tsukiji in Tokyo, Japan The Tsukiji Fish Market was a large, wholesalers fish market that has become an unexpected tourist phenomenon over the years. While an early morning (between 5am and 6am) appearance and sign... Japan August 7, 2012 Watching Fireworks with A Million People No one does crowds like the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo The Sumidagawa is a large river that snakes through Tokyo’s downtown. There are several bridges crossing over it downtown near t...