We go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To connect. We want to open up the world for all little citizens – whether it’s exploring a new place or having a new experience in a new neighborhood. This fall, when it came to casting models for our catalogs, we skipped our usual agencies and instead, went to Japan! We wanted to connect and meet local families and we were thrilled to find such a mix of culture backgrounds. We met some pretty adorable and imaginative kids (and their parents too!). We had the chance to bring these families along with us to a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and talk to them about their lives in Japan. Today we’d like to introduce them to you!
Tea is a drink shared in nearly every culture around the world.Over a cup of tea, people can find a moment of connection and understanding. Tea is something we all have in common. (That’s why we made it our namesake.) Learn about the different teas enjoyed around the world, illustrated by Wednesday, one of our fabulous in-house artists!
We love reading about the ways our customers bring Tea into their lives, not just by wearing the clothing, but giving their families the opportunities to try and learn new things. Lisa Wong Jackson, of the blog Good on Paper, (and one of our Tea Ambassadors!) recently took her little citizen, Lucas, on a trip to San Francisco’s Japantown. Here, Lisa shares their day with you!
Mitarashi dango is a delicious treat found in street vendors throughout Japan. Dango are balls of rice flour that take on a dumpling-like consistency when cooked. First they’re boiled and then placed on a skewer to be grilled. Once grilled, they’re covered with the sweet mitarashi sauce, which is made up of soy sauce and sugar. So simple, yet so delicious!
A woman makes Konnyaku dango, made from Konnyaku potatoes, on the street in Japan.
We love outdoor adventures. Whether you’re exploring a new city or going on a hike in your hometown, there is so much to explore and discover! Our newest arrivals are inspired by yama (mountain) style. We took a group of little citizens on an adventure to Mount Takao to shoot our catalog. Our new friends and Tea models enjoyed playing in the leaves, finding unique bugs, rocks and sticks. You’ll find some of their found treasures throughout our catalog.
Hatsuki’s original painting and Tea’s beautiful Hatsuki Graphic tee
I was so happy to meet Hatsuki Miyahara when we visited Kyoto. She was kind enough to train over from Osaka just to meet up with us. She was such a sweetheart and even with the language barrier we connected immediately. Her paintings are beautiful and elegant with cheerful layered colors. Her paintings are uniquely her own, immediately recognizable because no one else paints like she does. Yet, they still feel quintessentially Japanese.
Like many families living in urban areas, the families we met in Tokyo often leave the city on weekends or holidays, seeking fresh air. They love spending time immersed in nature. When we traveled to Japan to shoot our catalog, we knew we needed to capture the spirit of the rugged outdoors that inspired our fall styles. Taking a trip to Mount Takao was the perfect way to do so.