The World Is a Tea Party Presents: Your Guide to Japanese Teas

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Greetings, fellow tea lovers!

When someone mentions tea, Japan is certainly one of the countries that springs to mind. Tea consumption is alive and well on this nation of islands sitting astride the Ring of Fire (a fault line in the earth’s crust). They endure earthquakes and tsunami-caused flooding but still take time for tea. In fact, in 2011 when they had both a quake and a flood, one of the most concerning things for misplaced residents in the affected areas was getting their daily tea. Thanks to several tea growers in Japan and elsewhere, they did – tea that suited the unique palates of the tea drinkers there. Time to explore these unique Japanese teas.

Note: There are many sites online with information about teas from Japan. No one site has it all. We have visited many of these sites and consolidated the information into a more easy-to-reference format. This took several days of work. We have at-tempted to credit source sites and apologize for any that have been missed. Due to how this information is presented, we can-not footnote in a more official manner, since a lot of rewriting was necessary to avoid redundancy. Thanks for understanding.


Pages in This Guide

  1. General Information
  2. The Difference
  3. Main Tea Growing Regions in Japan
  4. The Teas List
  5. Tea Terms
  6. Teawares
  7. Chanoyu (茶の湯)  – The Tea Ceremony
  8. Japanese Tea Bowls (Chawans) for Matcha
  9. References (in alphabetical order)

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