What is a Randoseru?

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In Japan, it’s tradition for parents or grandparents to present a child with a randoseru, or firm-sided backpack, when they begin their first year of school. Children use their backpacks until they graduate from grade six. Sometimes the school requires a certain color of backpack—in the past it was always red for girls, black for boys. But in recent years as attitudes toward gender stereotypes have begun to shift, more colorful versions of randoseru have become more popular.

Foreign Correspondent: Falling in Love with Japan

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Konnichiwa, Japan!

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Tea travels the world. We truly go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To explore the wonder of the world around us, across the globe and across the street. Since 2002, we’ve traveled, always inspired by the people we meet and the places we see. Wherever we go, from Bali to Norway, West Africa to Morocco, we take in all we can and bring it back to our home base in San Francisco to design globally-inspired clothing for your little citizen. The world is woven into every thread of Tea, with each collection featuring a new destination we’ve traveled to. This fall, we’re excited to announce that we’re off to Japan!

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.

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Color Our Animal Graphics!

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Our graphics from our Citizen Blue collection are inspired by our travels in Africa. These safari-ready styles feature lots of savanna-dwelling animal graphics. See a round up of our favorites and print out four interactive animal coloring sheets for your little citizens.

Meet our Tea Ambassadors: Rebecca Cooper of Simple As That

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Over the past few days, we’ve introduced you to a group of amazingly talented women. They are moms, small business owners and entrepreneurs, friends and all around good people (among many other attributes). We feel incredibly lucky to have them as our Tea Brand Ambassadors. It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Rebecca Cooper of Simple as That. Read on to learn about her family, her favorite Tea item and how to capture the best photos of your little citizens while on vacation!

Meet our Tea Ambassadors: Ashley Bruhn of Hither & Thither

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Meet Ashley Muir Bruhn of Hither & Thither, where she shares stories about life and travel, and continues to inspire us all. We’re so lucky to have Ashely as a Tea Brand Ambassador and we’re excited to share her beautiful travelogue she put together after her family trip to Italy. Read on to learn more.