The Nanmei Tea Cultivar

Nanmei (なんめい, 南茗) can be translated as “south tea”. It was named this way because it is an early budding cultivar that is suitable for the southern regions of...

Paper Kyusu

A friend told me about a paper teapot in Japan that you can mail as a gift: Kami no kyusu. You choose the type of tea to send with...

Okaki and Arare

Okaki (おかき) and arare (あられ) are rice crackers made of glutinous rice (mochi rice). Nowadays, the only difference between them is their size. Okaki is bigger than arare. But...

Cyber Chakai

On January of this year, an event called Cyber Chakai (サイバー茶会) was held in Japan. It is sort of a tea ceremony but with the use of a projecting...

The Sawamizuka Tea Cultivar

Sawamizuka (さわみずか) is a late budding cultivar with high yield. Its name comes from an alternate reading for the Chinese characters of the region where it was cultivated: Sabaka...

Senbei

Senbei (煎餅) is a Japanese rice cracker that often has a flat and round shape. This confectionery pairs well with green tea. Although the origin of the word is...

The Asahi Tea Cultivar

Asahi (あさひ), which means morning sun, is a tea cultivar from Kyoto prefecture. It is especially suitable for tencha production. Other cultivars from Kyoto that are commonly used for...

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