The Okuharuka Tea Cultivar

Okuharuka (おくはるか) can be translated as “interior spring aroma”. “Oku” is a prefix used for late budding cultivars, and “haruka” refers to the cherry blossom leaf aroma of this...

Adding MSG to Green Tea

Besides tea, one of my hobbies is cooking. I like to make different Japanese dishes, since I can watch videos and read recipes in that language. One thing I’ve...

The Inaguchi Tea Cultivar

The name of this cultivar comes from the last name of its breeder, Inaguchi (稲口). It’s a normal budding cultivar meant for sencha production. History of Inaguchi In present...

Japanese Tea Days

In Japan, there are different days of the year that celebrate tea. While these aren’t national holidays, at least they are a good excuse for tea festivals and tea...

Okoshi

Okoshi (おこし) is a type of traditional Japanese sweet (wagashi). It’s also called okoshigome (おこし米). While it’s often made with processed rice, it can be made with other grains...

About the Yunomi

Yunomi (湯呑) literally means “hot water drinking”. It’s an abbreviation of yunomi jawan (湯吞茶碗), where the word chawan means “tea bowl”. Note that in Japan, the word chawan used...

The Okuyutaka Tea Cultivar

Okuyutaka (おくゆたか) is a cultivar that makes a good quality sencha. Its name comes from Yutakamidori, and from the fact that it is a late budding cultivar. History of...

Hachijū Hachiya

If you’re a fan of shincha, you may have heard the term hachijū hachiya (八十八夜). It literally means 88th night. Hachijū hachiya is one of the important dates in...

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