A Guide to Japanese Tea.
Japanese tea gardens are designed with clear paths that lead to the Japanese tea shop and surrounded by residences.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.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.The activities of the ceremony are well planned and carried out carefully. Before the tea ceremony begins, the guests may sometimes be served with light meals. The Japanese tea ceremony focuses on serving and receiving tea using a bowl that is shared by all participants.
Two types of tea are served during the ceremony which includes the Matcha and Sencha. 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.
Powdered Matcha and bamboo whisk are used by tea masters to make the tea which is served in bowls in Japanese tea shops.Several rules and paraphernalia are applied in the tea drinking including the involvement of bowls, tea-box and the carrying of 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. Bowls which are half-circle shaped and small in size are used to serve the aromatic high-grade teas including Sencha and Matcha.When serving the low-grade Japanese tea types, big wide bowls are used.
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.