Asia, Japan

Tea in Japan

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While I was doing research about a prepaid refill online while traveling in various parts of the world, I also looked for other ways of cutting costs when going on relatively expensive trips for instance when going to Japan. After seeing all the beautiful photos of Japan I stumbled upon an article about Japanese tea ceremonies. After that I was completely sold. I started researching more and more about the beautiful culture of the Japanese and the importance of tea in their culture and I decided to share my findings with you fellow tea lovers.

Importance of tea

Japan is an amazing travel destination for tea lovers. Japan is known for its long preserved traditions, such as geisha entertainment and tea ceremonies. Tea is an important factor in the Japanese culture. They have a wide range of green teas, but also some black teas and some special herbal teas. The teas that are used most are Matcha, a green tea powder, and Ryokucha, which is basically dried green tea leafs. Matcha tea is used for the Japanese tea ceremony.

Tea Ceremony

When you go to Japan as a tea-lover, it is an absolute must to attend a Japanese tea ceremony.

The tea ceremony is called Sado or Chanoyu. Rooted in the principles of Zen Buddhism, it originates from China. The tea ceremony has been a part of the Japanese culture since the twelfth century.

These tea ceremonies are held in traditional Japanese tea houses. Usually this is a small house outside of the main building, but it can also be a specially decorated room inside a house. The room is quite small and only about three to five people are allowed to enter at once.

The host prepares the matcha tea according to a traditional routine and offers a cup to the guest. The drinking of the tea is also a part of the ceremony and has its traditional routine.

Tea Festival

Because tea is such an important part of the Japanese culture and because the Japanese think it is very important to hold on to their cultural traditions, many regions in Japan have a tea festival. This is quite a happening for most tea farming areas and for tourists it is an amazing way to see what the importance of tea is in this culture. There is also an international tea festival in Japan and a plum blossom festival each year where a traditional tea ceremony is performed by geisha’s as a part of the ritual.
Even though Japan will most likely not be a travel destination where you can cut costs, after coming to know all this I have concluded that Japan is a must-visit on my travel wishlist. I am sure it has become a goal on your travel bucket list as a tea lover now too!

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