#013: Chabashira (category: superstition)
Chabashira is a tea stem. In Japanese, "hashira" means "pillar" and its pronunciation is changed to "bashira" when it is used with some specific words. Japanese people often liken a tea stem to some kind of pillar and call it chabashira.
Tea leaves are usually strained but sometimes chabashira is floating upright in tea by chance while pouring. Ancient Japanese believed it was the sign of good luck. However, there is no reason to prove it, of course.
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