The latest product release from Japan has left us a little hot under the collar – and we may never look at green tea the same way.
Japanese sex toy producer Tenga has taken inspiration from the tea ceremony for its latest vibrator. The Iroha Zen range of women’s goods is modelled on a traditional chasen, the bamboo tea whisk that’s used to get the matcha powdered green tea all hot and, err, frothy.
According to a press release from Tenga, the Iroha Zen was designed for the 63 per cent of Japanese women who’d never used a pleasure item before, so it’s both delicate and easy to use.
Promising a “gentle and comfortable self-pleasure experience”, the Iroha is said to “align perfectly with the calming, zen-like experience of a Japanese tea ceremony,” said Asian news site Sora News 24.
The Iroha Zen comes in three ‘flavours’, including yellow yuzu-cha (inspired by the Japanese citrus), matcha (green tea) and hanacha (flower tea). And each comes in a chic box that wouldn’t look out of place on a shelf of fancy biscuits.
The Iroha Zen is available to buy at the Tenga online store for 2,800 yen (AU$33). This handy little unit boasts a four-hour battery life and is waterproof to 50cm, so you can turn your bathtub into your own private tea ceremony.
It certainly gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘time for a tea break’. Oh my.
Australian food and travel writer Sarah Lewis refuses to queue for breakfast, which is just as well, as she’s rarely out of bed before midday on weekends. Instead, you’ll find her trawling Melbourne’s laneways for negronis and late-night ramen (often followed by a cheeky McDonald’s cheeseburger on the way home).