Etsuko Amano's ritual fondness for tea is deeply rooted in her unique identity.
Her grandfather was a Japanese tea merchant who emigrated his family to Lucca, Italy, in 1936, and her father was an Italian vintner from Florence. She grew up drinking the finest teas, blooming with flavor and earth. Etsuko says, "Our family tea ceremony was as essential as Sunday mass."
Life was simple, unhurried joy until she left for university and moved abroad; life became fast, and she lost the tradition.
After 20 years, Etsuko has found her way back.