The Benihikari Tea Cultivar

Benihikari, which literally means “red light”, is a Japanese tea cultivar for black tea. Note that black tea is called “red tea” (koucha) in Japan. This cultivar is a...

Uji Matcha Curry Review

A friend gave me this Japanese souvenir. It’s a curry made with matcha! This product is made by Itohkyuemon, a company that sells tea and sweets made with tea....

Sugimoto Tea Sencha Koushun

Many years ago I tried the Koushun cultivar for the first time at Chachanoma. It was a delightful experience. Unfortunately, time passes and now I can barely remember what...

rakugan

Rakugan

Rakugan (落雁) is a Japanese dried confectionery that is commonly used in the tea ceremony. This wagashi (traditional Japanese sweet) is made with flour (often from rice) and sugar...

matcha pizza

Matcha Pizza

I’ve seen matcha used as an ingredient for many dishes, but it has never occurred to me that a matcha pizza exists. First I saw one from Japan through...

The Marishi Tea Cultivar

Marishi (摩利支) is named after the Buddhist guardian deity called Marishiten in Japanese. Meant for sencha production, this is an extremely early budding cultivar. History of Marishi In present...

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