From Nov 1st - [SAVE 20%] Holiday season sale 2017 !

Holiday season sale 2017 ! SAVE 20% ! Almost all the items From Nov 1st - From November 1st to December 25th, we will hold a holiday season sale! - You can save 20% and purchase the items you are interested in. Please don't miss this opportunity! ** [Details of this campaign] ** ------------------------------ Duration: Nov 1 - Dec 25 (Japan time) Contents: SAVE [...]

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA & GREEN TEA EXTRACTS

Here in Japan, there has always been a tacit acceptance that drinking green tea is good for one's health and wellbeing, but nothing like the interest it has been receiving in Western alternative health culture, where green tea and extracts from it are increasingly sold as health products. The boom in green tea sales outside Japan [...]

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Visiting OTA TEA! - Ureshino, Saga

I went and visited the Ota Shigeki tea factory, located in Ureshino city, Saga on this Thursday, June 29. TMS would like to introduce them as 'OTA TEA'. More Info: about Ota Shigeki Family Tea Farm This is Mr.Yusuke Ota, CEO of OTA TEA. He is very calm and such a gentleman. The tea garden of Mr.Ota Mr. Ota [...]

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The Aesthetics of Japanese Pottery

* Kyusu tea pot & 2 Yunomi tea cups set My mother, Dolly, was raised in an area of Staffordshire commonly known as the Potteries, famed, as you may know, for its fine earthenware. From the 17th century on, names like Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Minton, Spode and Dudson had become synonymous with English ceramics, particularly bone [...]

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Seiza and The Tea Ceremony

Most often, the Japanese tea ceremony is performed in a purpose built space known as chashitsu (茶室) - popularly known in English as tea rooms. In keeping with traditional Japanese architecture, the main building material is wood, with shōji (障子) - paper screens - used to divide the space, and tatami (畳) flooring throughout. Tatami [...]

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Teishu and The Way Of Tea - Part 2

     In part 1, I introduced readers to my good friend Tetsuko-san - practitioner and teacher of the tea ceremony - and one who has been involved in the cultivation and harvesting of green tea almost her entire life. We saw that, in her youth, Tetsuko-san prepared for married life by learning traditional skills like the tea [...]

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Teishu and The Way Of Tea - Part 1

In a previous article about green tea and matcha, I made a necessarily compact reference to the Japanese tea ceremony and its place in Japanese culture, and it has bothered me since then that I didn't have sufficient space to qualify my assertion. I wrote: "...few Japanese people ever participate in the tea ceremony, though [...]

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Tea and Cakes - Japanese Style

I hail from a culture of home-bakers and grew up enjoying the cakes and pastries my mother made. Bought cakes were for lazy people, she would say! Indeed, shop-bought cakes always seemed either bland and tasteless, or over-sweet and sticky. So imagine my surprise when I first came to Japan and found that few people [...]

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We shall take joy in Japanese green tea

We shall take joy in Japanese green tea Why don't you drink and compare various green tea cultivars? About 75% of tea drunk in Japan is the cultivar that is called "Yabukita". "Yabukita" is a honor of tea varieties spread widely throughout Japan with not only a great taste but also fragrance and water color. However, we would like to let [...]

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The History of Japanese tea ceremony

Japanese tea ceremony originally came from China. It was Chinese style then. Many Japanese tea masters have developed it and completed it. If you would learn about the history of Japanese tea ceremony, you might get close to the world of Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha coming to Japan Matcha, which is used for Japanese tea ceremony, came [...]

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