Dear Sorate's Friends,
The art of tea, as it is known in Japan, is still considered a social event and an important mindfulness exercise: when the senses are relaxed, alert, and receptive, the demons of chaos and destruction seem less threatening.
What better way to unite and strengthen a family or community than to share a cup of tea?

Japanese history, art and cultural complexity can be summed up in a single gesture: the Tea Ceremony.
On the surface, this condensation might symbolize Japan's current international reputation for making things small, and yet what is projected is not a mere miniaturization of action and spirit, but rather a concentration of heritage and esthetic values in an intricate symphony of movement, and the Tea itself produces an apotheosis of spiritual and artistic expression.
There are 4 spiritual and artistic components essential to the world of tea: Harmony ("wa"), Reverence ("kei"), Purity ("sei"), and tranquility ("jaku").
Aren't we always striving to incorporate these 4 components into our daily lives?
Approximately 70% of New Year's resolutions are about being healthier, eating better, moving more, and stress less. Yes the majority of us slip back into old habits. Most people blame their failure to fulfill resolutions on a lack of time, resources, or motivation. But as the saying goes, you will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. 
Thank you for being part of our community this year, and I am very grateful for your support and trust!

Also in 2023, I would like to invite you to join me in cultivating healthy habits, yet simple habits.
Stay tuned for exciting news and collaborations that we'll share with you in the coming year.
I wish you all an Healthy and Happy New Year!
Silvia Mella

Green Tea and Matcha leaf and plant