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How To Take Tea. Ways From A Ninja.

In Our World, Legends of Iconic Japan include the Tea Ceremony. Closing in on Winter Training i, Shiro enter the damp Night, Dojo, then Damp Night again. To Train… and take Tea. From and With… a Ninja.?. Ceremonially Speared as well. Well as Herein. Tattling On Teas, Swords, Spiralling Spears.


Japan. 1991.



As i, Shiro, approached, a Lit Room ahead grew bright. er.

Now Night and Dark, i… was in Training. In

Our World, Legends known as Ninja,..

have so become

My Instructors/Teachers/Mentors.



1984… That, so Began.


There was no Internet. No IOT Then. In 1984.

Barely in 1991…

Not like now.



In 1984 Two South Australians decided to follow.

Their Dream.


Using Books we chased these Shadows throughout

recent History. Yearning for their Secrets. Travelled

to another Aussie State to confirm an Address. Worked


Two Jobs, Saved like crazy…

Flew on a Big Plane.

Then a Fast Train. Or Two.

Found the Address. Eventually. Next

Day. Actually.


Lived The Dream.

In Japan. With Ninja. Then



when on to Learn… a couple of things.


They felt like Showing Us… including

How To Take Tea

Ways From A Ninja


… With Ninja… as well. Well as

being Japanese Tea. Green. Then. 1991.


Japan. SomeWheres. Back Then. Then



as i furthered into the Light. Things

become clearer. Back into the Night

We so went.


Training Outdoors. Winter.



In Rice Paddies.

Chatting abouts… Tea Ways.


With Spears. Swords.

Ninja too. To

find so Sweet and Sour is the Way

of Tea. Japanese. Japan’s



Tea Ways Out,.. Ins.

Way of Tea has several nomens. Names include:

Chanoyu,.. Sado,.. Ocha.


Ritualistic, fashioned, the Ceremony

invokes appreciation of the Tea by

showing appreciation TO the Guests…

by giving them a Drink… and Show.


Guests presented with Kashi… Sweets, 菓子

usually Seasonal.

Consumed prior, so balanced by Bitter Tea.


Tea is Green, powdered:  Matcha/Macha 抹茶




The Tea Plant is/was not Native to Japan.

Introduction vis China app. 4th Century.

Tea cultivated app. 6th Century-

Ceremony cultivation app. 8th Century-


Initial Uses/Users: Religious, Medicinal.

Mainly cost driven.


Myoan Eisai, a Priest penned the first Treatise

on the Way of Tea. The Kissa Yojoki.

(…aka Tea Drinking is Good For Health…)

In 1211.



Tea Cups…

All Overs,..

Over Times, Places the partaking of Tea

became a Societal norm. For Samurai and the

General Public alike. Like a


Snake. In 1991, hissed Ninja Instructor

Fumio Manaka Shihan as i, Shiro

thrust a Sword. Struck out when a Low Posture. So



Bladed Tip, angled slightly upwards,

approached Ribs. Then smoothly turning flat,

to penetrate ‘tween Bones. There. His. Then



His Hiss. Turned Hum. Humming now, He

too angled His Body. Doing so whilst

looping and twisting. His Spear Thrust.


Using the Spears extra length easily

evading my Sword. Out of Reach. Reaching

i, Shiro. His Spear met Chest. Mine.


The twist to the Spear’s motion ensured. Penetration.

‘Cept this One had a rounded Training Blade/End. Still…

still, those tentacles of Pain. So Flared. Chest. Mine.


I hissed now, breathless, gasping, as His Technique.

Targeted. Took Effect.


Manaka Shihan hummed. Mores. Meanwhiles



My Chest, Solar Plexus…

wanted to find a quiet Corner. Fars



My Body flew back… rather gracefully. Somehows.

Ballet like Leap… ‘cept in reverse.

My Sword though, wibbled and wobbled belatedly

cutting Air Molecules. Lil’ else.


I squished, splashed. The Landing. Still

Upright. In a Rice Paddy. Field

Sword held limply. Chest…


Maruyama. Rice Paddies. Night.


ON FIRE. Metaphorically.


Somewheres. Japan.

Now so bespattered with muddy Water that

slowly made it’s Own Ways. Down


My Face. Mainly. Manaka


Shihan smiled, hum stopped,

saying simply,.. tea-singly;..


“… Again…”… More in Deed.



Indeed,.. i, Shiro couldn’t agree. More. More

Tea and Ways…

too does the Tea Way combine. Flowers,

Calligraphy, Tea Rooms Design/Materials,

Gardens and subtle Lighting


are some examples. Each Facet adding to the

overall effect. Taste, Smell as well. Well as Ceramics

and Utensils. Each Plays a Part. Theirs. Within

these Tea Ways.


As with presented Sweets;.. Seasonal Themes

and Variations dominate The Flowers, Gardens,


so forth. Forthrightly


that even now,



many typically associate, recognise.

The Season-ed Tea Ceremony as Iconic.


Almost soothingly Meditative in action,.. participation

as Guest(s) and Giver interact. Simple yet

appreciative approach that adds much

to the taste of those tannin Teas. Shared. Sharing too


more than a Drink, Manaka Shihan did us Honor.

By Sharing. Knowledge, Fact, Opinion, Thoughts.

As  Aboves. Belows. Herein. Teas ed out.




Ways of Those Divine. Stirring The World… Cup… With a Spear. Naginata in fact. Divine Duo: Izanami in Red, Izanagi the Black. From Japan’s Origin Legend. Clicks for mores.


Art. Rice. Paddies.


the Ancestors has long been a part of Japan’s

Martial Traditions. Traditionally the Tea Ceremony

has become, over Times, Places…

A Way to Balance… 



With it’s simplicity, naturalness unadorned.

Tea Rooms reflect this as well. Well as

unpainted, unwaxed, simply weathered

and worn. Simply. Bare.


Excess is scorned. Of no Desire, Reason.

For Thems, That. Therein.

One Callig. Scroll, One Flower Bunch/Branch.

A Tea Set, You, i.


A Discipline, Tradition of simply sharing. Tea.

Shihan Manaka went on. Mores.



The Ideals and Concepts akin to that and

those of Zen Buddhism stir so deep within

The Tea Ways. Way laid and intertwined,

The Tea Ceremony

invokes, causes and effects






The overall effect plays both Conscious

and Unconscious Levels. Such engagement


uplifting manner brings together…

Inner Equality. Balance.


The Left Brain Side Analytical,.. following the

Implements, Procedures, Details, Rituals.




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The Right Side Appreciative,.. following the

Creative Natural beauty of Plant/Paper/Place…

interactions of feelings ‘ tween Guest, Host…

anticipation of Taste, Smell, Touch, Sight, Sound.


Simple Sights and Sounds… Surround.

Running Waters, Boiling Waters.

Wisps of Steam.


Whisk on Ceramics.

So Wiped Clean.



How To Take Tea From A Ninja.?.

Simple. Simply


Share Training, Lives.

Our World, Legends. Dreams.


A Simple… Sharing.

Of That Cup… Of Life.


Shall i Pour.?.



Feel Free. Mores. To Teas-e out.

To Share.


This and That.

Your Favourite Brew.


Teas, Others.

Alls will do. To Share.

Such Views. From You. Herein.

Please do.



Next… So Is To Be… This:

The Kraken Lives. Out There. Deep.



Please Feel Free and If So Inclined To Contact/Comment:..

i, Shiro that is.

With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips and Dreams.

If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our World Legends. Is A Desire.


To Be So Writ. Herein.



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Gods and Lovers. Loved to Berry Death. The Red.

In Our World. Legends too. Pt. 2. The Red. After the White. One. Of Pt. 1 that is. Was. Is that, this One too. Two thereof. With a Love of Nature and Natural Love ‘tween Babylon’s Thisbe and Pyramus. To get to The Well, That Mulberry Tree as well. Well as confronting the Night Tiger, not Each Others. Into the Night, The White then Red. Berry Love, Others Bruises this be. Thisbe, Pyramus also. Also. Herein.


In Our World, Legends of that enigmatic Silkworm know well The

Mulberry. Tree. Leaves. A Fav. Foodstuff it seems in deed. Indeed,

The Bark as Legendary. Chinese First Paper Thereof as well. Well as

this Deciduous Tree of some Seven Species can be found. Found


in Our World Places and Times of the Africas, Americas, Asia

and select other SubTropical Regions and Areas.

Chinese Chronicles for example;…

chronicle uses and details

from afore the 7th Century. Medicinal in the Main. Therein.


Scientifically nomened The MORUS from the Olden Latin.

A Nod to One of it’s Capabilities of forming Buds, New Growth.

Only and whence by. Long after those chilly Late Frosts. Go Bys.


DEMORARI… This “...delaying…” action. Thereof. Latin.




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In Our World Legends also. Also somewhat Legendary

and of Agriculture;.. note

this. That Tree

Bleeds... when Cut. ‘Cept in Winter that is. That is


as well these Trees. Usually possess a gnarled, twisted,

yet attractive,

aged appearance. Some with that Weeping Willow Look.

The PENDULA nomened most notable. There. As


Belows. Image also. Also



Over Times and Places in Our World. Legends so grow.

As with The Mulberry. That Tree. Berries.

Symbols of Sacred Innocence. The White.

ThisbePyramus. Love Be.


Symbols of Sacred Sacrifice. The Red. Herein.

Fates. Destinies Theirs thus be. Too.

As With Thems

Gods and Lovers.

Loved to Berry

Death. The Red

soon follows. That White. In Our World. Legends


of Pt.2. Belows Begins after parting with Pt. 1. Where

Thisbe did ran, Tiger so followed, Cloak thus flung, Pyramus…

now confounded… Arrives, bides only lil’ at Well, Tree then

and Bys,.. By being at the right spot... at the wrong time…

He… Finds. He


is Lost. So



Moving on, letting Senses prevail and direct.

Back and Towards. The Tiger. That Cloak. So wrecked. Wracked

now with frustration, hunger and mores. The Tiger so growled

as Pyramus. Approached. So close.


Ways behind could still be seen. A Lump. A Pile

on that Path. So wrecked. That Cloak.

Thisbes. Still. There. So and Torn.


Thinking rash with Blood already heated through. Pyramus

attacked rashly. And Again. Close too. To that Cat. So Wild.


Surprised and taken aback. At the Lack. Of Fear

from Pyramus. So close. Those wild rash Swingings

of Steel. As well



The Tiger. Backed Off. Aways. Well and well

aways, a Forest return as well. Well as now. Now


Feeling Heroic. Pyramus mores and so deflated. That

…Cloak. He knew…

Thought He knew... So His Mind twists Truth… Till. He

KNOWS the meaning thereof. Gone. He KNEW.


Thisbe. Thus Be. Gone. Tigered Ups n

Outs. Of Life. So Gone. Now


Returning Back. The Well, That Tree.


A Mulberry. Tree.


Standing still. Under Tree so and laden with White

Berrys. The


Thisbe was gone, far gone. He Knew. That

Tiger, Torn Cloak were All

He could see. Had seen, enough. To Know.


Con vinced HimSelf. Love too was flung far this Time. Con

vinced HimSelf… Love Had Flown. In Tigerish Ways. Thisbe

was gone. Thinking thus, Pyramus knew. To do what


Must. Be Done. So...

Fell on His Sword through n thru’-



So Done. Was Pyramus. With Love and Life. Liquid

Life so splashed Alls arounds… turning Berry Whites

to Reds. Shades Deep, Bright. As Life slowly ebbed. Aways.


Thisbe stopped running. Now,

Regaining Her Senses... and sense of Direction.

On the right Path. She so left, went. Wrong or not.


Back to The Well. That Tree.

She went. So



Back into the Night.

Simply. looking for Love.

Hers. Pyramus.


The Well, That Tree.

The Whites now Red so be. There.


Approaching the Well, nearbys, The Tree dark and unusual.

The whole place,..

A dark sheen covered it so. So and well.

The usual gleaming White spots so subdued. Now.

No longer pale. Pale though was Her Love. Still. For Now.


Thisbe moved closer as Her World stopped. Still.

Pyramus, Sword and Cloak. Now,..

to be seen. The deep and bright


of Life so scattered abouts, all arounds.

Whites into Reds became this scene.


Shuddering, shivering with that Ache that Love

so brings.


That ache that only Love so fills.



Thisbe knew too. To be in Love Alone...

Now. Here.

Just Wouldn’t, Won’t Do.


Death, a Friend and Lover. To Be.

Thisbe and Pyramus. To Be.

In Death and Life. To Be. Now


His Sword in Her Hand,

His Sword, Her Heart.


Till thru’.

Till still.

Reds over White.

All Arounds.


That Tree.




Her Love Stopped Not by Death. At Alls.

For and Now. Lovers till Death and then...

Forever Mores. Then. Now.


Thisbe and Pyramus.

To Be.


Never apart. Again. So be. That.


As Berrys so deepened, Reds over White.

Thisbe. Pyramus. That Tree. That Night.

A White so ended,


in that so Red. Of those Dark Overs Light. That



As Our Lovers Dreams, Life, ended. This and

That fitful, fateful Night.


Of Yore. Babylon. A

Night of Lost Dreams. In Our World. Legends of


The Gods. That did mourn, that a Love so Pure. So Right.

Forever more, so then. To Be.

So was Then. Decreed. Dark over Light. To Be. Now.

From that Night.


ForeverMore. Now. Thus and so. So

Berries so deepen, mature,..

grow Wise and Age too. To and within.

With Reds to and over White. So True.


The White. The Red.

Those Legendary Colors. For Heroes

and Lovers


who Dare. Tonight.


To Love, To


On, in Love.


Forever Mores. So it seems.




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The Times of The Vermilion.


Seemingly too…

As Our World Legends of the Sciences delve further into

the Nutrients Levels of the Berries,.. More is found. More

All round Goodness. Lots.

Appreciation of the Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants. So within.

The Berry.


Though predominantly Alkaline in Natures…

‘cepting Cranberries;


All have become valuable additions to Our Diets.

The interplay of Hormones, Enzymes and associated Body

Systems supported well by the Berry Family.

Most have a Fav.


Berry Type, Allergies and Fertiliser Types can vary absorption,

quantity and quality of Nutrients. Well suited to Juicing. Berries

come in several Colors, with this

Variety also influencing the Health Properties. Berry

nice in deed.


Mulling over



Medicinally, Many Parts of The Mulberry may be of Use.

Female and Male Flowers propagate in separate sections

of the same Plant.


Leaves, Roots, Barks,

Branches, Fruits and Sap

All find Applications towards benefiting Health. Health

Boosts. From Aboves. As Belows.


Inflammations, Coughs/Asthma, Diuretic,

Rheumatic, Culinary/Constipation and Tetanus.


As afore mentioned, The Leaves fed to Silkworms.

China’s History in Our World. Legends tell Tales of

The Empress Si-Ling (…app. 2960 B.C...) being given

Credit. Thereof Idea and Promotion. Since.





Culinary Ways and Uses include;..

Jams, Jellies, Syrups, Yogurts and Wines.

Fruit fresh and Yum. Follow.


Economic spin-offs apply to the Tree Wood.

Mainly in Sporting Bats and Racket Types.


That Tree.

The Mulberry is quite Hardy preferring deep and rich,

well drained Soils. Can be Seed propagated as well. Well as

by Cuttings. Roots though are fragile, requiring support

during TransPlant.


Cultivated widely in Our World.

The Berry.

Legends so Tell. That. Then



Feel free and berry good too. To

Share. Herein.


Any and Alls maturing thoughts on




Ways To Use In Our World. Legends

of Each and Any. Any You would...






King of Persia. Declares War On Water. LowLights.



Please Feel Free and If So Inclined To Contact/Comment:..

i, Shiro that is.

With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips and Dreams.

If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our World Legends. Is A Desire.


To Be So Writ. Herein.



Till next…


Mulberry Street,.. New York… U.S. of A. Of Yore. A Lil’.


7 Smoothie Recipes. Immune Boosts Galore.

Smoothies are a great Times-saver when Training calls. Prep. and clean-up also. Ingredients can be mixed and matched to suit long- or short-term Diet needs and that Hunger within as well. Herein. 7 Recipes to get You started on your journey smooth. Shiro’s choice. Each with a different focus and theme.


There are times when i, Shiro have lil’. Time that is.

Martial Arts Training takes Time… and Energy.


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Whilst the sitting down to a Meal allows much more than hunger to be fed. Breaking Bread per se, Chatting also with Fam. and Friends, simply enjoying Food and the break from everyday chores which does indeed provide it’s own Mind and Health Boosts…



There are Times when i must rush. Thus,..

7 Smoothie Recipes.

Immune Boosts Galore…

are needed. Herein.



Fellow Students have mentioned this dilemma at various Times and Places also.

Balancing Energy requirements with common sense Healthy eating.

Trying to find Time… to do so.


The following Recipes are not Meal Replacements though could be used as such.

The Nomens of Each…

simply reflects the main Ingredient(s)… bias/content.


They are combos and concoctions based on what is in my Pantry. Which varies.

(…Several alternatives in the related Text…

No real need to have All the Ingredients…

they’re just a Guide per se…)


The Smoothies herein can be tweaked… to suit Yours.



They are also based… on what Taste or Theme i preferred…

at the Time.

As above… The Smoothies herein can be tweaked…

to suit Yours.



The Milk or Liquidy Ingredient(s) can be varied easily for example:

A personal Smoothie bias.;..

i avoid Modern Dairy Milk for several reasons such as therein lil’ Taste/Flavor and Goodness compared to Other types and approaches.

Tend to use Almond, Rice, Coconut milk or a Fruit/Berry Juice for the base liquid.


Serve size varies a lil’ as well.

Largeish herein.

Water is an option though slightly more Ingredients may be required to get a Flavor Boost.


A lil’ experimenting and tweaks will soon realise it’s worth in regards to proportions of each.

TOO THIN… add some bulky Fruit or Veg.

TOO THICK… Liquidise some more.


Smoothies that don’t Taste right are oft quite easily adjusted.

Simply add another strong Flavor of choice. Cross your Fingers and Toes.




Simply Enjoy.



  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk/Coconut Milk.
  • 1/2 Cup Yogurt… Greek/Plain/Flavored.
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter.
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey/Treacle/Molasses.
  • 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder.
  • 1 Banana.
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple pieces.
  • 1/2 Cup Spinach/Kale.
  • I Raw Egg (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. Whey Powder/Bran.
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Shredded/Flakes.
  • Pinch of Ground Cinnamon/Nutmeg/Chilli.
  • 1-2 Ice-cubes… if req.




  • 3/4 Cup Rice Milk/Coconut Milk/Water.
  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt… Greek/Plain/Flavored.
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey/Treacle/Molasses.
  • 1 Cup Spinach/Kale.
  • 1 Carrot.
  • 1 Pear/Apple.
  • 1-2 Bananas.
  • 1 Tbsp. Hemp Seeds/Wheat Bran.
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Mixed Nuts.
  • 1-2 Mint Sprigs.
  • Pinch of Ground Ginger.
  • 1-2 Ice-cubes… if req.


Accidently Antioxidant…

aka… Berry Blast… Juice Junket.

  • 1/2 Cup Cranberry/Berry/Fruit Type Juice.
  • 1/4 Cup Pomegranate Juice.
  • 1/4 Cup Water.
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Berries.
  • 1 Beet… pre-steamed.
  • Handful Frozen Peas/Alfalfa.
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp. Honey/Treacle/Molasses.
  • SMALL Pinch Ground Cayenne/Chilli Powder.
  • 1-2 Ice-cubes… if req.
  • 3/4 Cup Rice Milk/Water.
  • 1/2 Cup Yogurt… Greek/Plain/Flavored.
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey/Treacle/Molasses.
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin… pre-pureed.
  • 1/4 Cup Uncooked Oats.
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Walnuts/Mixed Nuts.
  • 1-? Mild Peppers.
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract/Essence.
  • 1-2 Ice-cubes… if req.


  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk/Coconut Milk.
  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt… Greek/Plain/Flavored.
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey/Treacle/Molasses.
  • 1 Cup Grapes.
  • 1-2 Apples.
  • 1 Small Cucumber.
  • 1 Tbsp. Linseed/Flax Powder/Chia seeds.
  • Pinch Ground All-Spice/Star-Anise/Cardamon Powder.
  • 1-2 Ice-cubes… if req.



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  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Milk.
  • 1/2 Cup Yogurt… Greek/Plain/Flavored.
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey/Treacle/Molasses.
  • 1/2+ Avocado.
  • 2 Bananas.
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Brazil/Mixed Nuts.
  • Pinch Ground Cinnamon/Nutmeg.
  • Dash Vanilla Extract/Essence.
  • 1-2 Ice-cubes… if req.



  • 1/2 Cup Mango/Peach/Tropical Fruit Juice.
  • 1/2 Cup Yogurt… Greek/Plain/Flavored.
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp. Honey/Treacle/Molasses.
  • 1 Papaya.
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple pieces.
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Shredded/Flakes.
  • 1/2 Orange in pieces… pre-frozen.
  • 1+ Bananas… pre-frozen.
  • 1/2-? Passion fruit.
  • 1+ Tbsp. Wheat/Oat Bran.
  • 1-2 Ice-cubes… if req.



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There are many reasons to get smooth with Smoothies.

This Researcher has found… 21.

Our World Legends indeed.


Another perhaps too is the potential to save on Food Wastage.

Left-over Fruit and Vegies can be added almost at will…

the majority mix well.


Do not be afraid to try new combos as many will…

boost your surprise factor too.


…and… If You do come across a Unique Mix that well works…

Simply Enjoy… and…


Feel free to let us know.!.



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