Saturday, February 04, 2012

Warm in a Jar

Although my part of Japan doesn't get as cold as, say, Chicago, without proper insulation or what I consider to be a reasonable amount of climate control, I'm interested when people suggest home remedies and other ideas to stay warm. This past week it came in the form of a suspicious looking jar on the the table in the teachers' room. It's homemade ginger honey "tea" with actual strips of ginger and even some hot pepper. A couple of teaspoons of this mixed in with hot water in your cup, and you should be good for about 4 hours of warmth, is what the note said. Usually I'm only kind of "meh" on the ginger teas I've tried in winter (with the same promise), but this was actually really, really good, and I did stay warm. I was wearing 4 layers on top and 3 on bottom, and they turned the heat on in the teachers' room that day, so I can't say whether or not it was the tea, but being warm and tasting something good makes for a good day, however it happens.

20/366 - Sketchy Jar of Honey Ginger Remedy for Warmth
(taken on my iPhone)

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