Danielle Geva and Francois Mathieu love tea, so naturally it made up the bulk of a spring visit to the Kansai region this year.

"We visited a bunch of tea fields, factories, actually. I was interested in sourcing the best matcha for myself," Mathieu tells The Japan Times from Toronto. "I'm a big tea drinker, and just wanted the best."

The pair found a whole new world of tea while walking around Osaka's Shinsaibashi neighborhood. They stopped in a store to get some green tea but, rather than the usual drink, they were served hōjicha, a variety of roasted green tea.