The Kokoro Files

The Kokoro Files: Danielle Geva

Feeling connected to a different culture can be an eye-opening experience. It enables us to broaden our horizons and gain an alternative perspective on the world. The Kokoro Files shares stories about people who feel connected to Japan, and in Danielle Geva’s case, she developed a passion for Japanese tea.

An entrepreneur, author and owner of a successful Japanese tea brand, Danielle was kind enough to share her thoughts about how travelling to Japan influenced her life. Continue reading “The Kokoro Files: Danielle Geva”



The day oba-chan taught me how to read sencha leaves

Is the day I discovered my calling in life

It started with watching the leaves float

On the surface of cups filled with tea

Each direction leading to a different outcome

 Soon I was able to predict where every path was going

Divine the nature of a man simply by rolling sencha through my fingertips

I predicted good fortune in matcha

Saw the way to calm storms in hojicha

I could even tell you the exact year your life would end

By staring at the patterns of genmaicha

But that kind of foresight comes with a price

The more tea I consumed

The greater my addiction became

At my lowest I was craving an IV drip of caffeine

I stopped doing readings

Switched to decaffe

I may not be able to see the future anymore

But at least I can live in the present