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.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.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. Tea was believed to help priests and monks 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 rarely found in Japan in the Heian period, and this created a the treasured feeling of Japanese on tea and the drinking of tea. People would come together during the tea ceremony to celebrate drinking the scarce commodity.
The tea ceremony may last up to four hours.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. During the tea ceremony, tea is served and shared using a single bowl to all participants.
Two types of tea are served during the ceremony which includes the Matcha and Sencha. 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.
Japanese teas are usually made and served traditionally on bowls of different sizes, shapes and thickness depending on the particular 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.Low-grade Japanese tea types are served using big wide bowls.
Most tea now taken in Japan is the green tea.The manufacture of green tea is well identified with Japanese tea companies with the tea being used as medicine.The leaves of Camellia sinensis are used to make the green tea although there are other varieties.