A Guide to Japanese Tea.
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.
Paths designed with stepping stones are placed within the tea garden or Rhoji in Japanese to keep you focused on the ground when stepping on the stones.The tea garden is mostly evergreen throughout the year.
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.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 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. 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. 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.
Bowls of different sizes, thickness and shapes are used to serve traditionally prepared Japanese teas depending on the unique features of the tea. Bowls that are taller in relation to their width are used to serve casual tea since they 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.
Most tea now taken in Japan is the green tea.Japanese tea companies have been known for their manufacture of the green tea which is sometimes used as medicine.Green tea is processed from camellia sinensis leaves but there are also different varieties.