This afternoon we experienced another presentation in Japan's program of introducing some of its traditional foods on a worldwide basis.
The event took place at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan with Consul General Harry R Horinouchi as host.
Entitled 'A taste of Shurari Matcha Cafe' it was presented by the Cool Japan Fund. CEO Nobuyuki Ota was present to explain its efforts to introduce Japanese Green Tea and other home products in foreign countries.
Chairman Taku Maeda of Green Tea World USA told of the opening of Shuhari Matcha Cafe as Abbot Kinney's first authentic Japanese matcha cafe that had taken place one day before.
Those of us present were then treated to a tasting of some of the teas and other foods now offered at the Shuhari in Venice.
A Japanese drum corp also was present to entertain us with their interpretation of this traditional Japanese art form.
The Shumari Matcha Cafe is located at 1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice.
This was one of several events we have attended organized by Jetro, Japan External Trade Organization.
These events have given us new insight on the variety of Japanese food products now available in the U.S.