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A Guide to Japanese Tea.

Japanese gardens are usually associated with houses and well elaborate paths that lead to the Japanese tea shop.The tea gardens are located in a private and secluded place far from the world and other lifestyles.The gardens are special places for strolling and experience the serene atmosphere.

Walking through the garden requires one to concentrate on the ground which is placed with stepping stones raised above the ground level.Throughout the year, the tea garden is evergreen.

Tea was first introduced to Japan in the 8th century as a substance with medicinal value. 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. The priests and monks used to take tea to help them, 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 a rare commodity in Japan in the Heian period, and this led to the Japanese attitude to tea and the drinking of tea. People would come together during the tea ceremony to celebrate drinking the scarce commodity.

The Japanese tea ceremony is conducted for up to four hours.The activities of the ceremony are well planned and carried out carefully. The guests of the ceremonies may be served with light meals before the start of the tea ceremony. The Japanese tradition involves people serving and receiving tea and all the participants share tea using the same bowl.

The Matcha and the Sencha teas are the two types of tea served in the tea ceremony. The Matcha is a thick, milky green traditional tea with a bitter taste while the Sencha is the green tea that is often drunk during common events.

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.There are several rules when drinking the tea during the ceremony with a variety of paraphernalia such as tea-box, the bowls involved and carrying bags.
Bowls of different sizes, thickness and shapes are used to serve traditionally prepared Japanese teas depending on the unique features of the tea. Bowls that are taller in relation to their width are used to serve casual tea since they are easier to hold. Half-circle shaped bowls with a small size are used for high-grade aromatic teas like Matcha and Sencha.Big wide bowls are used for the low-grade Japanese tea types.

Most tea now taken in Japan is the green tea.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.