Daikoku (Leona Heights, near Oakland, California)
Fall, 1635

"And this," said Rusu Sanemoto, "is what our tea tastes like." He offered a cup to Raven, the chief of the Chochenyo Ohlone tribelet nearest the Japanese mining village of Daikoku. "But be careful, it is hot."

Raven brought the teacup to his lips and sipped. "Yes, it is. But it is good."

He set the cup down. "It is made of a very strange stone."

"It is a stone made from a special clay," said Sanemoto. "We call the stone 'porcelain.' "

"I . . .

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