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JAPANESE TEAS


Tea in Japan



Japan is with China the only country that still keep a culture (in all senses) tea. Other countries such as Vietnam and Korea we had for centuries but have almost forgotten. Even if there are wild tea plants in Japan, their DNA betray their Chinese origin.


Tea plantations in Japan

Growing region of the Japanese tea covers the southern half of Honshu and Shikoku and small islands of Kyushu.

Some of the best teas have come from areas like Kyoto, Uji that were originally planted there a thousand years. Production centers in the prefectures of Kagoshima, Saga, Fukuoka, Nara, Mie, Kyoto, Aichi, Shizuoka and Saitama.

Here, where the climate is hot and humid, tea plantations mask the gentle hills and undulating waves. Japanese style is to plant their tea trees in straight lines and cut low, so that collectors can walk them.

History of tea in Japan

From the ninth century written records retells tea in Japan, with its various forms, popular and aristocratic.

In the early twentieth century, the annual output reaches 40,000 tons, of which 90% are for export (second only to silk).

WWI will curb exports and a second term... There has been some attempts to produce black tea or oolong for the West, but because of cost, Japan was simply not competitive.

Gradually Japan has taken what he could do better, teas green quality, with unique characteristics may be too unique, since it exports only 1%.

The Tea ceremony

What Westerners call the tea ceremony is called in Japanese chanoyu word which decomposes cha no yu, which literally means hot water for tea. This term refers to the ceremony itself.

Broader term chaji means a complete ritual with a preliminary snack called kaiseki service and two teas, strong or koicha and light usucha tea or tea.

Can also encounter the term chakai literally meeting over tea, which means the service of the two teas but snack.

Art and study of the tea ceremony is called Chado or Sado, which is reflected in the way of tea. According to the principles of Zen Buddhism, this is one way that you can borrow to access the absolute serenity.

Study and learning all aspects of the tea ceremony, including many accessories, gestures to achieve, and all ancillary elements of the ceremony can take years or even a lifetime.

The matcha, sometimes transcribed in maccha, is a green tea, non-fermented tea, powdered by grinding between stones.

Japanese tea brands



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