When thinking of Japanese culture, many of us have come across the term wabi-sabi. Although hard to define literally, wabi-sabi is a concept centered around the appreciation of imperfection. It is carried throughout many aspects of Japanese culture. From art to architecture, literature, poetry, nature, design, and one of the places it’s seen the most… tea ceremony. (Read more)
It is true that Taiwanese tea culture is rapidly changing to suit the economy and the environments of the new generation. However, we remain grateful that we are still able to sit down and enjoy a long, peaceful gong fu cha tea ceremony with some of Taiwan’s finest Alishan Oolong. The serene environment of Taiwan’s tallest, foggy mountain remains unchanged. While sipping our tea, we acknowledge the hundreds of years long journey that tea went through, as well as the hard work of the tea farmers and their dedication to quality and tradition. (Read more)
Overall there are two main types of tea ceremonies in Japan: an informal tea gathering chakai, and a formal tea gathering chaji. Chakai is a more simple tea gathering which will include some sweets and thin tea (usucha). While chaji is much more formal, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by sweets, thick tea (koicha), and thin tea. A chaji is often times around four hours long, with guests taking small breaks to walk around in the garden by the tea hut.
Aside from the two main types of tea ceremonies there are also many other kinds of tea ceremonies which are held in Japan depending on the occasion, season, and time of day. (Read more)
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)
If you’ve ever participated in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony (gong fu cha), you might’ve noticed a small ceramic creature sitting somewhere atop of the tea tray, slowly slurping up tea alongside the tea master. (Read more)