Friday, January 6, 2012

The Tiniest Tea Books

A few friends and I have created a new tradition, where we exchange holiday gifts that must be purchased at Housing Works, a wonderful organization that runs a chain of local thrift stores where  the proceeds help the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS.

For this year's exchange, one of the gifts I received was a set of tea bags...or what I thought were tea bags...

...until I opened one...

and found a little book!!

A bizarre set of books...

Strange but adorable. Has anyone encountered these tiny little tea books masquerading as teabags? I've never seen these anywhere before. They all say 'The Fairies Rest' on the back and also appear to be in an Asian language (Japanese?).  I love the silhouette illustrations. What a fun gift!


  1. Wow...that's unexpected, and really adorable!

  2. I've never seen anything like this before. What a lovely treasure.

  3. I know I am super late to comment here, but the 'back' of the book is actually the front, so you probably read the story in reverse, which I am sure lent to the strangeness of it. It is in Japanese, which reads from right to left, thus what we would think is the back, is actually the front. Adorable books. Love the idea.

    1. Wow, thank you for the reply! Better late than never :). I didn't realize it was in reverse, that makes a lot of sense! Thank you for the comment.