Category: Across the Globe

The Magical Town of Kanazawa


Kananzawa is a town in Japan known for its castles, shrines, amazing Museum of Contemporary Art and production of gold leaf.  The glittering gold that surrounded us in Kanazawa, actually sparked inspiration for this year’s holiday collection. The city alone produces 99% of Japan’s gold leaf production thanks to its excellent quality of water and masterful craftsmen who have been practicing the art of gold leafing for hundreds of years. When we visited this magical place, we marveled at how many buildings, ceramics, and varieties of food were adorned with gold leafing.

Behind the Design: Skateboarding Dogs!

16FALL2_S_BB02_080Have you ever seen a skateboarding dog? On our trip to Japan, we saw countless things that inspired us. But one that really sticks in our minds was an incredible (and hilarious) skateboarding dog. We saw him in a park in Tokyo and couldn’t get enough. He even inspired one of our baby boy graphic tees!  

Foreign Correspondent: Why We Travel With Kids

3f381edd-b453-462c-8091-3fe11ee618a0Meet Terumi Pong, of An Emerald City Life. As a Tea Foreign Correspondent, she traveled to Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo with her family and came back to share her stories with us at Studio Tea. Follow along!

Shoe Etiquette in Japan

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There are many traditions in Japan, many of which may be foreign to those who are not familiar with Japanese culture. In Japan… you never, ever, ever wear shoes inside! When you get home from school, you take your shoes off at the door, line them up, and put on your indoor slippers. 

Japanese School Lunches


Japan is a culture filled with etiquette and customs and this is true no matter your age. In Japan… lunch is much more than a 15 minute free for all. There are lessons to learn here too! Many Japanese school children, like Jiyu, move aside their desks to dust and clean their classroom once a day.

Foreign Correspondent: Falling in Love with Japan

Kiyomizu IMG_6080Meet Marya, our latest Foreign Correspondent who traveled with her family through Japan this past spring. Here, she shares a personal story of their experience and how they all fell in love with Japan again, on their second trip there as a family.

Africa’s Great Lakes Region: The Primate Capital of the World

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! Katy, Tea’s t-shirt graphic designer, traveled through Uganda and Rwanda on a quest to see every primate. Here she shares her jungle adventures.