Drinking Tea from Japan.
A Japanese tea garden is lined with residences and paths that lead to a Japanese tea store.The garden is separated from worldly lifestyles and is usually private.The tea gardens are considered unusual places with an ambient environment while walking across it.
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.Chinese Buddhist priests in their book described what now forms the basis of the Japanese tea ceremony. Tea was believed to help priests and monks in their meditation.The tea gardens usually have a spiritual meaning to the Japanese people as well as the guests who visit the gardens.The serene tea garden seems to be more natural rather than artificial and regulations are made to ensure it remains with the natural appearance.
The Japanese view on tea and drinking on tea arose in the Heian period when tea was a rare commodity in Japan. The tea ceremony was based on scarcity where people would come together and celebrate drinking tea.
More than four hours are spent during the tea ceremony.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 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. 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 masters usually make the tea by mixing powdered Match and bamboo whisk and then serving the tea in bowls.Several rules and paraphernalia are applied in the tea drinking including the involvement of bowls, tea-box and the carrying of 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. Bowls which are half-circle shaped and small in size are used to serve the aromatic high-grade teas including Sencha and Matcha.Big wide bowls are used for the low-grade Japanese tea types.
The popular tea currently consumed in Japan is the green tea.The manufacture of green tea is well identified with Japanese tea companies with the tea being used as medicine.The leaves of Camellia sinensis are used to make the green tea although there are other varieties.