Drinking Tea from Japan.
A Japanese tea garden is lined with residences and paths that lead to a Japanese tea store.The tea gardens are usually private and in secluded places separated from the ordinary world lifestyle.The gardens are special places for strolling and experience the serene atmosphere.
Walking through the garden requires one to concentrate on the ground which is placed with stepping stones raised above the ground level.The tea gardens are always green throughout the year.
Tea was first introduced to Japan in the 8th century as a substance with medicinal value. Japanese tea ceremony is based on the contents of a book written centuries ago by Chinese Buddhist priests.Japanese tea ceremony is usually based on the manuscript written by the Chinese Buddhist priests. The priests and monks used to take tea to help them, in their meditation.The tea gardens signify a particular spiritual and religious attachment for the Japanese people as well as the visitors.The serene tea garden seems to be more natural rather than artificial and regulations are made to ensure it remains with the natural appearance.
Tea was rarely found in Japan in the Heian period, and this created a the treasured feeling of Japanese on tea and the drinking of tea. The tea ceremony was based on scarcity where people would come together and celebrate drinking tea.
The Japanese tea ceremony is conducted for up to four hours.Carefully Planned activities are conducted during the tea ceremony. Before the tea ceremony begins, the guests may sometimes be served with light meals. The Japanese tradition involves people serving and receiving tea and all the participants share tea using the same bowl.
Two types of tea are served during the ceremony which includes the Matcha and Sencha. Matcha is a traditional type of tea that is thick, milky green and bitter in taste while the Sencha is the casual green tea drunk on normal occasions.
The tea experts in Japanese tea shops make the tea by the use of a powdered Matcha and bamboo whisk and the tea served in bowls.There are several rules when drinking the tea during the ceremony with a variety of paraphernalia such as tea-box, the bowls involved and carrying bags.
Japanese teas are prepared traditionally and served on bowls which are of different sizes, shapes and thickness depending on the unique characteristics of the tea. Casual tea is served in tall bowls compared to their width and which are easier to hold. Half-circle shaped bowls with a small size are used for high-grade aromatic teas like Matcha and Sencha.When serving the low-grade Japanese tea types, big wide bowls are used.
The green tea is the most popular tea used in Japan.Tea companies in Japan are large producers of green tea which is sometimes consumed for its medicinal purposes.The leaves of Camellia sinensis are used to make the green tea although there are other varieties.
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