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Travel to Japan – Matcha Green Tea

04 Jan

When I was in Japan, I experienced the tea ceremony a few times. I instantly liked the taste and am surprised when people don’t. It has a fresh grass taste.

Matcha is powdered green tea that is made from the first small leaves budding in the spring. They give the tea its characteristic bright green color.

A monk told us that after drinking it, we would look more beautiful as the large quantity of vitamin C it contains was absorbed into our blood stream.

Tea sweets are served with the tea. It’s our equivalent of a cookie or two. It is usually less sweet than we are used to.  The whole ceremony is beautiful; the utensils, the tea bowls, and the artful way the tea sweets are wrapped and presented.

Monks would have a sweet and the tea which has caffeine before meditating. It would help them to keep wakeful during the meditation.

These pictures are of some of my pottery for tea . The one with the wider diameter is used in summer because the greater surface area allows the tea to cool faster.

During the tea ceremony, the focus is on what is present in the moment. There is a flower arrangement and art work. The past or the future are not brought into the conversation.

It increases the relaxation and the enjoyment for me to practice staying in the present.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

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Posted by on January 4, 2010 in Japan

 

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9 responses to “Travel to Japan – Matcha Green Tea

  1. AmyH

    January 4, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I hope to visit Japan someday. What an awesome experience!

     
    • purplume

      January 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      It is awesome, I hope you get there. You will be amazed at the beauty and interesting culture.
      XD

       
  2. raisinganarmy

    January 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    The tea ceremony sounds lovely! I always wanted to go to Japan.

     
    • purplume

      January 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      I hope you get there. It is so beautiful and peaceful. XD

       
  3. blkdrama

    January 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Tea, a new view.

     
    • purplume

      January 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      Yes, the Japanese often have a unique take on things; from being a country that was protected/isolated by the sea and never being overrun.

       
  4. themindofifer

    January 5, 2010 at 12:02 am

    The tea ceremony is a beautiful thing. What made me giggle is that you talk about how great the taste is, and then tell me that it has a fresh grass taste. Don’t get me wrong, I like green tea, but that isn’t exactly an enticing description to me.

     
  5. acfm85

    January 5, 2010 at 12:24 am

    In China, we had to boil our water before drinking; seems hot tea is the best beverage as the water is boiled. We were not able to partake in any tea ceremony (not sure if they are at all the same as Japan). We will return someday and have more leisure to enjoy some of the customs.
    You seem so appreciative of others culture and refinements. Your writing makes me want to join in!

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy

     
    • purplume

      January 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you Alyzabeth’s Mommy for your kind words. You encourage me.
      I was looking up The tea ceremony in Wikipedia and I saw that there is a Chinese one too.
      It makes me so happy to write and think about Japan.

       

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