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For David Chester's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Apr 1, 2001

Tea fit for royalty glows at L'Epicier

For the last three months, I have been inexplicably drawn to tea shops with yellow color schemes. Is there a magical connection? Maybe only in a subliminal desire for the very best. In Chinese culture, yellow was reserved for royalty, and it is perhaps ...

| Feb 28, 2001

Copying without an original

In the movie “Mr. Baseball,” Tom Selleck’s character complains to his Japanese girlfriend that Japan copies everything. She quickly replies, “We may copy it, but we make it better.” After a visit to Ashbys of London, located near Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, one would have to ...

| Jan 24, 2001

Mariage Freres: A Ginza tea party

They haven’t had to advertise in over 140 years. Of course, when your product is of the highest quality, word travels — even to distant shores. Such is the reputation of France’s oldest importer of fine teas, Mariage Freres (the Mariage brothers). Beginning in ...

Dec 21, 2000

Celebrating France-Japan relations with a toast

The peaceful town of Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture might not be Japan’s most international city, but Jean-Pascal Noirault, 30, and Mikiko Kurumada, 29, are determined to change that. Jean-Pascal Noirault and Mikiko Kurumada, founders of Wine-and-food.com Founders of the Web site Wine-and-food.com, Noirault and ...

| Nov 23, 2000

The orthodox way of milk tea

In my search for a pleasant place to enjoy a coffee or tea, I often feel like a detective. Wandering Tokyo’s nooks and crannies, I diligently try to track down havens where weary souls can rejuvenate from harried schedules and the din that seems ...

| Oct 25, 2000

A Thrush perches between two worlds

One foot in the past, one foot in the present. It’s hard to exist in two time zones, but Thrush//Cafe has managed to pull it off quite well. Part of Happo-en, one of Tokyo’s oldest and most venerable places for banquets, meetings and weddings, ...

Oct 24, 2000

Creating soundtracks for modern pop culture

Dodgeville, Mich. Ever heard of it? Perhaps not. It’s just another small Midwestern town you pass through on your way to the big city. It certainly wouldn’t occur to you it’s where one of America’s most talented and hardworking composers was born. Like her ...

| Sep 27, 2000

Reading relaxation in tea leaves

Tokyo is a city of surprises. Take a walk down any side street, and you can be sure you’ll find an interesting shop or restaurant. Such is the case with Mother Leaf, a pleasant discovery moments away from the Kabuki-za in Ginza. Akiyo Sawayanagi, ...