Momo Yoshida is a serious tea lover and owner of Momo Tea (www.momotea.co).
She is a certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER TM/SM professional since 2010.
Born and raised in Japan with traditional culture around her, she practices Japanese tea ceremony with passion.
Helen Kong is the owner of Secret Teatime, a clay maker space hidden in Scarborough. She specializes in making teawares for Japanese and Chinese Tea. She is also an ongoing student/practitioner of Chado (The Japanese Way of Tea). The way of tea is her guide in life and in her creative practice. Tea has been the source of inspiration and sense of grounding during times of life/creative burnout. It’s a life long journey of learning and development. Currently, Helen is stepping into a new role in organizing collaborative group projects and creating multisensory tea experiences in hopes to mutually promote and support local makers and small businesses.
Her recent “Ichigo-ichie Tea” project launched on Nuit Blanche Toronto 2022 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. It was a pop-up sunset to sunrise multisensory tea and art event, where guests were able to experience tea in small groups and connect to the unique Ichigo-ichie (once-in-a-lifetime) moment.