Ah, I get the reference now to umeboshi. I'm glad I asked.Meido wrote: ↑Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:42 amIt's a hot drink made from umeboshi (very salty pickled plum) and water. A slug of it is a traditional morning drink in monasteries. Medicinal, said by some to be alkalizing.
Folks who've never had it, and are expecting "morning plum tea," are fun to watch.
I think you'll appreciate this bit of zen humor. I looked up "baito japanese meaning" and came across this gem,
I thought you might be referring to the Hakuin's tea lady, and that her part-time job was giving those inquisitive students some "private lessons" with a poker!When words are imported from other languages, their meaning is often changed more or less. For example, the German word Arbeit
(>work<) was borrowed into Japanese, where it was shortened to baito. Japanese baito has a narrower meaning, denoting part-time students' jobs such as giving private lessons.