Bote-Bote Cha

Matsudaira Harusato (1751-1818), also known by his tea name Fumai, ruled the domain of Matsue from 1767 to 1806, during which time a famine struck. It is popularly believed that he introduced "bote-bote cha", a soup-like tea made to stretch rations and make people feel full. Its fillings range from rice and beans to pickled vegetables and even dried flowers. There is even a bote-bote style of tea ceremony practiced here.