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Start with the basics. It's prudent for every green tea lover to have a good foundational knowledge of all things green tea, to begin with the kata (型) factor as you delve into Japanese green tea culture.

Kata (型) refers to the prescribed precise way of learning anything. Most people associate kata with karate, but it’s an element that’s inherent to general Japanese culture. There’s a proper order and manner of doing things.

If you're a new green tea aficionado, cover the basics by going through our collection of informative articles. Seasoned green tea drinkers can confirm their knowledge as well as pick up bits of information they may have missed before.

Tea Lover Tours in Japan and Online

Tea Lover Tours in Japan and Online

November 20, 2022

Now that COVID is becoming a thing of the past, Japan finally opened up to the world for the tour.  
Here are the latest tours in 2022, specifically targeting people who love tea hosted by Arigato Japan, the pioneer for English-speaking Japanese tours for many years, featured by the New York Times Travel Shows, CNN Travel, and more.

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5 Ways To Drink Tea To Detoxify Your Body

5 Ways To Drink Tea To Detoxify Your Body

November 02, 2022

It's always relaxing and refreshing to drink tea early in the morning, late afternoon, or any time you need a boost from stress and hectic schedule. Its antioxidant properties detoxify the body, getting rid of harmful free radicals to promote overall health and wellness. Also, it’s believed that regularly drinking tea can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

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Japan’s Greatest Culinary Combo: Green Tea With Rice

Japan’s Greatest Culinary Combo: Green Tea With Rice

October 31, 2022

Nowadays, people put Japanese green tea into almost everything. Just a few of the more unique green tea combos include green tea alcoholic beverages, green tea fudge bars, and, of course, the ever popular green tea Kit Kats. However, there’s one green tea combination that’s been a standard in Japanese cuisine for centuries. We’re talking about green tea-rice. 

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What is Yabukita (やぶきた)

What is Yabukita (やぶきた)

October 26, 2022

There is clearly more to green tea than meets the eye. It is as diverse as most marketable crops are. While all tea plants belong to the same Camellia Sinensis family, they still manifest differences in shape, color, taste, aroma, etc. That's because they come from different cultivars.

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Everything You Need to Know about Genmaicha (玄米茶)

Everything You Need to Know about Genmaicha (玄米茶)

October 25, 2022

With the many varieties of Japanese green tea, there are some varieties that many people do not know a lot about. Genmaicha is a delicious green tea but is lesser-known than other types. Do you know how to make Genmaicha tea at home? Do you know how to store it? This article discusses the high points of Genmaicha tea, as well as reputable sources that you can purchase it from.

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How to Make A Hojicha Oat Milk Latte

How to Make A Hojicha Oat Milk Latte

October 22, 2022

Here is a video and recipe of how to make Iced oat milk latte with Hojicha (Japanese roasted tea) Loose Leaf or powder Tea

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How Do You Make Matcha Tea At Home?

How Do You Make Matcha Tea At Home?

October 19, 2022

With so many articles, websites, and resources out there about matcha green tea, it can be difficult to pinpoint a good recipe and to know how to make a delicious cup of matcha green tea. This article discusses what matcha green tea is, why it is so popular, how you can make it at home, and multiple reasons how matcha can benefit your health.

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Everything You Need To Know About Japanese Hojicha Tea

Everything You Need To Know About Japanese Hojicha Tea

October 13, 2022

Hojicha is a very popular type of Japanese green tea. It has many differences from the tea most are familiar with, and some do not know different aspects of it. Do you know how it is different from Chinese roasted tea? Do you know how to brew Hojicha for the best flavor? Did you know you can find good Hojicha no matter where you live? This article discusses everything you need to know about Hojicha green tea. 

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How to Brew Tasty Japanese Green Tea

How to Brew Tasty Japanese Green Tea

October 05, 2022

Japanese green tea can be brewed in any number of ways. In this article, we will go over the Simple Way and the Advanced Way for brewing tasty green tea as well as tips for cold brewing.

The Simple way is how most Japanese people consume green tea every day; the Advanced Way is what is being followed by professional green tea producers who recommend the best approach for brewing the tastiest Japanese green tea.

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Green or Brown? What the Color of Your Brew Says about Your Green Tea

Green or Brown? What the Color of Your Brew Says about Your Green Tea

September 19, 2022

Green tea products all come from the same Camellia sinensis species of plant. How come some green tea leaves produce a green brew while others create a brown one if this is the case? Even if the tea leaves are green, they can still make a different-colored drink.

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Tea & Oat Milk - A Cup of Good Choices

Tea & Oat Milk - A Cup of Good Choices

September 14, 2022

I went to Blue Bottle Coffee the other day and ordered a matcha latte. I noted that the store's default milk is oat milk and not whole milk, as what would typically be expected. This gave me a slight pause. I know oat milk is currently very popular. Still, before this visit, I hadn't really considered that it might be made the default milk in coffee shops and other similar establishments. 

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Benefits Of Steeping Green Tea Over Boiling Or Simmering

Benefits Of Steeping Green Tea Over Boiling Or Simmering

September 09, 2022

Steeping tea is a process that allows the flavors and antioxidants to develop in the tea. Boiling or simmering green tea destroys these flavor and antioxidant properties. Steeping vs. boiling or simmering tea can differ in taste and health benefits. 

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Tea vs Wine

Tea vs Wine

July 31, 2022

When you think of the tea you drink or purchase, do any adjectives come to mind? Are there any details you pick out in the tea that help explain its uniqueness? This article will explore that link and to explore a different side of tea that may often be overlooked. I’m convinced that the digger you deep into these two drinks, the more there is to love and appreciate. Perhaps its time for you to start digging as well!

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Does Adding Lemon to Japanese Green Tea Enhance the Benefit?

Does Adding Lemon to Japanese Green Tea Enhance the Benefit?

July 27, 2022

Adding lemon to green tea can make a big difference in how it tastes and it also boasts numerous health benefits! Learn more.

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The History of Japanese Green Tea

The History of Japanese Green Tea

July 14, 2022

Green tea became a staple drink, and we will show you how Japanese green tea turned into a worldwide sensation.  
 
You will learn how the Matcha and tea ceremony were created, and how Samurai culture was affected by tea!

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10 green tea mistakes: Don’t do these mistakes when brewing green tea

10 green tea mistakes: Don’t do these mistakes when brewing green tea

July 13, 2022

Green tea tastes great, especially when you try a sample of it on groceries and tea festivals. When you got home and brewed your tea, the result is having a bitter green tea or just a drinkable tea that lacks flavor. Cheer up! You just did not know how to brew green tea right. Please don't give up on tasting good green tea, and let's learn how to make it right by discussing the following mistakes.

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Japanese Green Tea VS Peruvian Tea

Japanese Green Tea VS Peruvian Tea

July 11, 2022

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Land of the Incas, Peru. Besides the many amazing sights, a local popular tea also held a fascination for me.  
I thought of comparing Peruvian Tea with Japanese Green Tea and sharing some photos I took in Peru.  I hope you enjoy it!

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17 Japanese Tea Ceremony Tools

17 Japanese Tea Ceremony Tools

July 07, 2022

A tea ceremony is one of the essential things to do when you appreciate the Japanese culture. Visiting Japan and learning how to do a tea ceremony is a refreshing experience. Since you don't want to miss it when you get home, let's reminisce about the tradition and get started with these beautiful matcha ceremony tools that you can purchase on Amazon.

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Matcha vs Sencha (Loose-leaf) Green Tea: What Are the Differences?

Matcha vs Sencha (Loose-leaf) Green Tea: What Are the Differences?

July 05, 2022

So, you love green tea, but you’re not quite sure about this matcha versus sencha business. Maybe you’ve seen matcha at your local market, but you’ve been hesitant to try it because, well, you have no idea what it is. Or, perhaps you’ve only ever steeped your tea and are looking for something new and different to try. Regardless of your motives, the following will clear up any confusion you may have about the differences between matcha and loose-leaf green tea. We’ll cover variations in texture, growing conditions, processing techniques, consumption methods, and price.

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What is the best way to store your matcha & Japanese green tea?

What is the best way to store your matcha & Japanese green tea?

July 05, 2022

5 Essential Storage Rules for Matcha and Japanese Green Tea

Read on to learn how to store matcha the proper way to ensure that you get the most out of this ancient elixir.

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Is it Safe to Eat Green Tea Leaves?

Is it Safe to Eat Green Tea Leaves?

June 30, 2022

You already know that green tea is a great-tasting and relaxing beverage with numerous health benefits, but can the same be said about eating the tea leaves rather than steeping them into a drink? 

Read more to find out the truth.

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Which Tea is Good for Me? (Interactive Tea Finder)

Which Tea is Good for Me? (Interactive Tea Finder)

June 25, 2022

Ever wondered what type of tea is good for me? Try our new interactive quiz to find out which tea that is good for you.

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WHAT IS SHINCHA TEA, AND WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

WHAT IS SHINCHA TEA, AND WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

May 12, 2022

Shincha tea is prized for many reasons, and this post breaks down the many things that make new crop tea so special and unique. 

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Where to Buy Quality Matcha and Japanese Tea Outside Japan

Where to Buy Quality Matcha and Japanese Tea Outside Japan

April 25, 2022

I have been doing some research to uncover some purveyors who may offer good green tea options in countries outside Japan and the United States.  I want my customers to have an alternative to our premium tasty Japanese green tea matcha and sencha if shipping costs from our company to their country would be prohibitive. Click here to see my list.

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