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Sakura sencha — the tea of Spring and love

When I first brewed sakura sencha and served it to my Japanese wife she smelled the tea, smiled and said — it’s the smell of happiness! Then she tasted it and told me that this wonderfully rich taste of first flush Uji sencha mixed with sugar pickled sakura petals reminds her of her favorite sweets […]

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Gyokuro karigane — green tea from Uji

                  Uji tea is really amazing. The top pick of the week is premium twig tea with stalks and stems discarded in the process of making gyokuro — an elite Japanese shaded green tea. Gyokuro karigane — a byproduct in the gyokuro manufacturing process that even exeeds […]

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Plum blossom festival — a Tea Party at Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Baikasai — plum blossom festival takes place every year on February 25 at Kyoto’s Kitano Tenmangu shrine. Kitano Tenmangu boasts of more than two thousand plum trees. Maiko and geisha in beautiful Japanese traditional clothes serve ceremonial matcha and Japanese sweets okashi to the general public. The taste of delicious Japanese tea combined with the chance […]

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Japanese Tea Ceremony — Spring is Coming

Have you ever travelled to Kyoto? Have you heard of Urasenke, cha no yu or the way of tea? Japanese Tea Ceremony gives you a sharp feeling of the season. Leave all your worries behind and enter chashitsu — the tea room. You can hear the spring approach as you slowly pour hot water from an […]

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Organic Matcha from Shizuoka

                  Shizuoka is the largest producer of Japanese green tea — almost half of it is grown in this prefecture. Shizuoka is mostly famous for its deep steamed fukamushi sencha production as well as other kinds of green tea. Still they also do make matcha from leaves […]

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Kuradashi Tea — A Sleeping Beauty

Spring is the time for the New Tea — Shincha. It is famous for its vibrant aroma. Still many Japanese tea experts think that the taste of shincha is not mature enough. There is a way to overcome this. The freshly plucked tea leaves are put in the refrigerator and kept at the temperature of […]

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The Yummy Yamecha (Yame Tea)

Yame area famous for its outstanding green tea is situated in the south of Fukuoka prefecture. It is a historic crossing of ancient tea routes connecting Japan to China. In 1191 a Buddist monk Eisai first sowed tea seeds brought from the Song dynasty China south to Fukuoka. The exact place of the first plantation was […]

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Buckwheat porridge with green tea

                  «Soba» or buckwheat is a valuable  source of slow digesting carbohydrates great for any diet. For even better results Japanese have learnt to combine the nutritive power of buckwheat with that of green tea. This is how chasoba or tea buckwheat noodles came to existence.   […]

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What is Japanese Tea?

Green, non-fermented (non-oxidized) tea Japanese tea, as the name itself suggests, is the tea produced in Japan. In a broader sense black tea produced on the Japanese territory is also considered Japanese tea. Nevertheless as most of the Japan made tea is green it is common to call Japanese only green tea.   The unique […]