This rare tea bowl (considered a national treasure) came from the MOA Museum and is valued at $50,000. I'm glad I didn’t know that until I had finished handling it! Dr. Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance in London, is to my left.
Kazuhiko Atsumi, MD, PhD, is a cardiac surgeon, biomedical engineer, a member of the Science Council of Japan, and a Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University. He is also the President, the Society for Integrative Medicine, Japan (IMJ). Some call him the Japanese Dr. Weil! It was an honor to meet him.
While visiting the Marukyu Koyamaen tea company in Uji near Kyoto, I learned the details of producing matcha. Giant tea utensils are used ceremonially. I'm with Sebastian Beckwith, tea expert and founder of In Pursuit of Tea.