"I am not at all interested in immortality, only in the taste of tea." --Lao Tzu

by Whitney Williams

The Taste of Tea (

茶の味, Cha no Aji


 is one of those movies that makes a girl long for the simple life in it's purest form and want to explore one's creativity to it's fullest; movies like this- innocent, pleasant and joyful, yet vastly entertaining- are rare these days. Think Fanny and Alexander meets a Michel Gondry flick. And, although it isn't set in a very fashion-centric area of the world, the young girl's style is fantastic. Attempting not to spoil the ending: the sunflower scene is one of the most beautiful and moving ever to grace a screen. Plus it reminded me of how obsessed I was with sunflowers as a young girl- from playing for hours in my grandmother's sunflower patch in the summertime to begging my mom to buy me all the sunflower clothing I could get my hands on. This movie instantly ranked at the top of my "Fave Movies of All Time", and I recommend any gal to Netflix this as soon as humanly possible.