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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.Throughout the year, the tea garden is evergreen.

It was during the 8th century when tea was first cultivated in Japan and was taken for medicinal uses. 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. The priests and monks used to take tea to help them, in their meditation.The tea gardens have an important spiritual and religion connection for the Japanese and the visitors alike.The Japanese tea gardens have a natural appearance, and there is a golden rule to never make it appear artificial.

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.The activities of the ceremony are well planned and carried out carefully. In some tea ceremonies, light meals are served to the guests before the ceremony begins. During the tea ceremony, tea is served and shared using a single bowl to all participants.

During the ceremony, two types of teas are served namely: the Matcha and the 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 masters usually make the tea by mixing powdered Match and bamboo whisk and then serving the tea 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.Big wide bowls are used for the low-grade Japanese tea types.

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 green tea is extracted from the leaves of Camellia sinensis although different varieties exists.