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A Guide to Japanese Tea.

A Japanese tea garden is lined with residences and paths that lead to a Japanese tea store.The tea gardens are usually private and in secluded places separated from the ordinary world lifestyle.The gardens are special places for strolling and experience the serene atmosphere.

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 garden is mostly evergreen 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 believed to help priests and monks in their 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.

More than four hours are spent during the tea ceremony.Planned activities for the tea ceremony are well coordinated and carried out correctly. 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.

The tea masters usually make the tea by mixing powdered Match and bamboo whisk and then serving the tea in bowls.several rules are adhered to during the drinking of tea which accompanying paraphernalia such as carrying bags, tea-boxes, and use of bowls.
Bowls of different sizes, thickness and shapes are used to serve traditionally prepared Japanese teas depending on the unique features of the tea. Casual tea is served in tall bowls compared to their width and which are easier to hold. Matcha and Sencha which are high-grade aromatic teas are served using small half-circled bowls.Big wide bowls are used for the low-grade Japanese tea types.

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 leaves of Camellia sinensis are used to make the green tea although there are other varieties.