Khaleejigirl (KG) Interviews Budoor Steele!


I met Budoor Steele during a recent relaxation event @healthyspabahrain in @westinbahrain. It was a day full of massages and tea-matcha tea to be specific. Low and behold I was welcomed by not one but two lovely surprises. One, my absolute love for matcha tea and two, the company and inspiration that is Budoor.


KG: Please state your name and occupation.

A: My name is Budoor Steele. I am a tea master and chadō practitioner where I am the founder of Chawan -Japanese Tea House.


KG: Please describe the journey that led you towards being in your current occupation.

A: When I get asked this question, I always say “tea chose me.” I didn’t plan on going to Japan, it was all a sudden decision. I would like to think it was my destiny. In 2008 I had my first cup of matcha in Japan. I was an English teacher at the time when one of my Japanese students invited me over for a traditional tea ceremony known as “chadō.” Ever since that moment, I was determined to share the experience I had in Japan with people in the Middle East. Thus, I dedicated my time and energy from that moment onwards towards accomplishing this goal.


KG: Was there any person that inspired you or tried to discourage you from your current occupation?

A: My mom has always inspired me to be independent and to never give up. As a single parent raising three kids on her own, I always had the utmost respect for her strength and determination. She always believed in me and supported my passion, she is and will always be my inspiration, strength and hero. Many people were skeptical about my decision to pursue a Master’s degree in Japanese Humanities. People still ask me this question, why did you study that, or what will you do with this degree? I, however, never doubted myself. I knew what my goals were and how this field would enrich my knowledge and support my goals in bridging the culture between Japan and Bahrain.

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