Introduction to Japanese Tea.
A Japanese tea garden is lined with residences and paths that lead to a Japanese tea store.The tea gardens are located in a private and secluded place far from the world and other lifestyles.When walking across the tea garden, you experience a unique and refreshing 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.Chinese Buddhist priests in their book described what now forms the basis of the Japanese tea ceremony. Tea was used by priests and monks to assist them in practice meditation.The tea gardens usually have a spiritual meaning to the Japanese people as well as the guests who visit the gardens.The serene tea garden seems to be more natural rather than artificial and regulations are made to ensure it remains with the natural appearance.
The Japanese view on tea and drinking on tea arose in the Heian period when tea was a rare commodity in Japan. The tea ceremony was based on scarcity where people would come together and celebrate drinking tea.
More than four hours are spent during the tea ceremony.Carefully Planned activities are conducted during the tea ceremony. In some tea ceremonies, light meals are served to the guests before the ceremony begins. The Japanese tradition involves people serving and receiving tea and all the participants share tea using the same bowl.
The Matcha and the Sencha teas are the two types of tea served in the tea ceremony. 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.several rules are adhered to during the drinking of tea which accompanying paraphernalia such as carrying bags, tea-boxes, and use of bowls.
Japanese teas are usually made and served traditionally on bowls of different sizes, shapes and thickness depending on the particular characteristics of the tea. Bowls that are taller in relation to their width are used to serve casual tea since they 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.
Most tea now taken in Japan is the green tea.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.