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Manners in Japanese tea ceremony

Manners in Japanese tea ceremony Japanese tea ceremony has many rules about a manner. Even just standing up, there is a manner. In Japanese tea ceremony, there are many steps just to give a tea for a guest. Each step has a manner. Besides, there are many sects of Japanese tea ceremony and each sect has [...]

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What is Japanese tea ceremony?

Japanese tea ceremony as an integrated art What do you imagine when you think of Japanese tea ceremony? Some think Japanese tea ceremony has a lot of difficult manners and complicated behaviors. So, they think it is not for a beginner. Japanese tea ceremony has developed as an integrated art. It includes not only drinking tea but [...]

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Natto

Natto, Healthy Fermented Soybeans Allow me to introduce you to this delicious and nutritious food from Japan. Natto is the Japanese word for fermented soybeans; it's brown and slimy, and has a distinctly strong smell like good cheese. The smell can be intense and and intimidating though the taste is more bland than you would think. I [...]

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Why Japanese Green Tea and Matcha is a Labour of Love

Noted for its subtle aroma, distinctive flavour and possible health benefits, Japanese green tea (ocha) has been steadily growing in popularity with people around the world for many years. Naturally, it is an essential part of daily life in Japan, so foreign visitors will find green tea being served almost everywhere they go in Japan, [...]

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The taste of matcha and how to make matcha

What is matcha? A fine form of Tencha is the raw ingredient of matcha. Tencha is made of dried tea leaves cultivated under a cover. It is produced with a tea-grinding hand mill. The matcha is mainly used for a tea ceremony and Japanese sweets. The matcha is recognized as a healthy drink and has a [...]

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Japanese Tea Ceremony and Japanese scroll/Kakejiku

You may see a Tokonoma Alcove when you enter a tea room for Japanese Tea Ceremony. There would be a 'Japanese scroll/Kakejiku' in that room. *Please note that it's called 'Kakemono' for Japanese Tea Ceremony. The contents of Japanese scroll would be different depending on each seasons and theme of tea party, but something with Zen words [...]

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The difference between matcha and green tea powder and component/Health Benefits of Matcha & Green tea

Matcha and green tea powder. They look quite similar as both of them are powder. There is no difference as they are both powder of green tea. So what's the differences between them? In a word, 'tea leaf of raw ingredient' is different. Match is the powder of green tea which is called 'Tencha', an a powder of Sencha (a [...]

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Hokusai tea - Ukiyo-e Artist Hokusai Katsushika

TOKYO MATCHA SELECTION proposes a plan the collaboration of 'Japanese tea and Hokusai Katsushika' that is popular in the world and sell products that can be enjoyed by people those who are the Japanese tea fan and the ukiyo-e fan. We have the line-up of 7 types cans with the Hokusai's ukiyo-e design that contain Japanese [...]

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How to care of Kyusu - explanation w Tokoname Shudei Red clay teapot

I've wrote about the basic knowledge of Japanese Kyusu teapot last time (parts names and types, origins) and I would like to let you know how to care of Kyusu this time. Have you experienced that the flavor of Japanese tea was once tasty but it's not as good as before now? Perhaps the causes may be [...]

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Tea tree Shrine - Chanoki Jinja at Nihonbashi Tokyo

Chanoki Shrine (茶ノ木神社)  * 茶 = Tea TOKYO MATCHA SELECTION's office is located in Nihonbashi area in Tokyo. (It's close to Ginza and Asakusa where are popular for tourists from abroad.) As it happens, there is the shrine neaby us called 'Chanoki Jinja'. In Edo era, there used to be the residence of Daimyo (feudal lord): the Hotta (堀田家) [...]

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