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Shincha. Japan's First Tea Harvest of the Year.

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Shincha. Japan's First Tea Harvest of the Year.

Japan doesn't leave much time to relax. As soon as the breathtaking cherry blossom season is over, comes the start of a new time of year — Shincha season. 


For many Japanese tea lovers out there May is basically a holy month!


Tea connoisseurs flock to the markets to secure for themselves some of the year’s limited supply of first flush... (Read more)

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Simplicity and Seasonality in Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Simplicity and Seasonality in Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony follows two main concepts — wabi sabi and ichigo ichie. Wabi-sabi, although hard to define literally, is a concept centered around the appreciation of imperfection. While ichigo ichie is an idiom meaning “one time, one meeting” and emphasizes the fact that each and every meeting is special in that it can only happen once. (Read more)

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Tea's Journey to Japan

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Tea's Journey to Japan

...It wasn’t until much later on, in the year 1191 that tea really started growing as a culture after being reintroduced by the Zen priest Eisai, who brought the seeds to Kyoto - the capital and cultural center of Japan at the time. (Read more)

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The Green Tea Journey

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The Green Tea Journey

The use of tea leaves first started in southwest China more than 3,000 years ago and was originally used by people for chewing or eating.  Over time, the use of tea leaves  expanded as people began to use them in cooking and to flavor their water. (Read more)

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The Pairing of Tea with Food

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The Pairing of Tea with Food

As the times roll, more and more are becoming curious around how to assimilate tea into food culture; and it is indeed slowly turning into a regularized practice. Not only are teas fairly cheap and versatile, they can be served at different temperatures and intensities. That being said, here we'll have a broad look at how to think about pairing the 5 major tea groups with food, and the reasons behind it. (Read more)

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