"It’s 85 degrees in Los Angeles, the air thick with the chance of rain. I’ve been wandering through Zenshuji Soto Mission in Little Tokyo, searching for Fumi Akutagawa and her weekly tea ceremony class. In the basement rec room, toddlers play on the carpet. In the second-floor offices, stacks of envelopes lean precariously over. Through a doorway, I glimpse the hondo, where rows of wooden pews sit before gilded statues of Bodhisattvas in the dark. I know I’ve found the right room, finally, when I see a row of geta outside a door."
Read more on The Rafu Shimpo and check out the video below to learn how to whisk matcha. The sound is so relaxing!