|| Botebotecha tea is made
by mixing together tea flowers and hot tea in a tea bowl using a tea whisk,
and then adding shiitake mushrooms, koyadofu (tofu) and other vegetables
while the mixture is still hot. The name Botebotecha derives from the "bote-bote"
sound made by the tea whisk as the tea is mixed. This is the kind of snack
one would expect in the tea-loving Matsue district, but Botebotecha tea
was also used as an emergency food during times of famine in the Edo period.
The tea is served at the tea stall within Shiroyama Park and in city restaurants
offering local culinary specialties. It is customary to pat the bottom of
the tea bowl as you drink the tea, vegetables and all and without using
chopsticks, in one long gulp.