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The Most Delicious Time of Year for Tea

Among the tea leaves produced the leaves which come in first (the new sprouts), and the green tea brewed from these leaves are known as Shincha. Tea leaves are harvested several times throughout the year, but Shincha is the highest quality, and many people wait for it excitedly around this time every year. These tea leaves have all of the nutrition the plant has accumulated over the winter, and they’re rich in nutrition that helps to keep the body healthy, which is why it has long been said that “drinking Shincha will keep you healthy through the whole year.”The Season...

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The places Japanese green tea harvested

How do you picture an area famous for its tea production? Today, tea production is in full swing across Japan, but here I’ll be introducing Uji, Kyoto, where production of tea in Japan first began, and other areas famous for producing tea. We’ll take a look at the unique characteristics, and the differences between tea from these regions.The Brithplace of Rokucha in Japan, Uji TawaraIt’s said that tea first originated in inland China (around the Yunnan province), before spreading around the world. Tea came to Japan from China, and by the Heian era, tea was already being processed in a...

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A Summary of the Health Benefits of Rokucha Receiving Attention

Today, Rokucha is drunk as an everyday drink, or by those who enjoy it as a hobby, but in older times it was drunk as medicine. That’s why the health benefits of Rokucha have been widely known since long ago.Today, research is being conducted at universities around the world, and new health benefits are still being discovered.Pulling from different research papers gives us this list of 26 health benefits.Antioxidant propertiesAntibacterial (against bacteria causing food poisoning and against germs)Improves intestinal floraAntiatheroscleroticInhibits platelet aggregationVascular endothelial protectionPreventing the increase of blood cholesterol and triglyceridesPreventing excessive fat in the blood (hyperlipidaemia)Inhibiting the rise of...

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The historical background of Ujicha

Ujicha is well known as a leading brand of tea in Japan. Here we will explain the history of how Ujicha came to be. Ujicha is the origin point for Japanese tea, and the production methods used for Ujicha are also critical to producing other teas such as Sencha and Gyokuro. Ujicha is where Japanese tea began, and it’s also the place where the production methods used for Japanese teas today were first born. Here we will be presenting this history to you. The Origins of Ujicha Tea was first produced in the area of Uji during the Kamakura period....

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