Drinking Tea from Japan.
A Japanese tea garden is lined with residences and paths that lead to a Japanese tea store.The garden is separated from worldly lifestyles and is usually private.The tea gardens are considered unusual places with an ambient environment while walking across it.
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 grown in Japan in the early 8th century and was mainly consumed for medicinal purposes. 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 used by priests and monks to assist them in practice meditation.The tea gardens signify a particular spiritual and religious attachment for the Japanese people as well as the visitors.There are golden rules made to make sure that the tea gardens always appear natural and not as 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. The scarcity of tea was the basis of the tea ceremony where people will come together to drink tea.
The tea ceremony may last up to four hours.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 tea ceremony focuses on serving and receiving tea using a bowl that is shared by all participants.
The Matcha and the Sencha teas are the two types of tea served in the tea ceremony. The matcha tea is a traditional, bitter, thick, milky green tea while sencha is the common green tea drank 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 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. Taller tea bowls and thick walls are mostly used for casual tea and are easier to hold. Matcha and Sencha which are high-grade aromatic teas are served using small half-circled bowls.Low-grade Japanese tea types are served using big wide bowls.
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 green tea is extracted from the leaves of Camellia sinensis although different varieties exists.