A Guide to Japanese Tea.
Japanese gardens are usually associated with houses and well elaborate paths that lead to the Japanese tea shop.The garden is separated from worldly lifestyles and is usually private.The gardens are special places for strolling and experience the serene atmosphere.
Within the tea garden or Roji in Japanese, there are paths with stepping stone placement to keep your focus on the ground as you walk across the garden.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. Tea was believed to help priests and monks in their meditation.The tea gardens have an important spiritual and religion connection for the Japanese and the visitors alike.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 a rare commodity in Japan in the Heian period, and this led to the Japanese attitude to tea and the drinking of tea. People would come together during the tea ceremony to celebrate drinking the scarce commodity.
More than four hours are spent during the tea ceremony.Planned activities for the tea ceremony are well coordinated and carried out correctly. 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. The Matcha is a thick, milky green traditional tea with a bitter taste while the Sencha is the green tea that is often drunk during common events.
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.Several rules and paraphernalia are applied in the tea drinking including the involvement of bowls, tea-box and the carrying of bags.
Bowls of different sizes, thickness and shapes are used to serve traditionally prepared Japanese teas depending on the unique features of the tea. Casual tea is served in tall bowls compared to their width and which are easier to hold. Matcha and Sencha which are high-grade aromatic teas are served using small half-circled bowls.When serving the low-grade Japanese tea types, big wide bowls are used.
The green tea is the most popular tea used in Japan.Japanese tea companies have been known for their manufacture of the green tea which is sometimes used as medicine.The leaves of Camellia sinensis are used to make the green tea although there are other varieties.