News

Keiji Kitani

What looks dusts on the surface of green tea is...

What looks dusts on the surface of green tea is...

I'm Keiji from KITANI TEA. Today I'm going to introduce a late inquiry from our customer.She said "There are some dusks on the tea. Is safe to drink?"Take a look at this picture. Yes, it looks like something are floating on the surface of the tea.That is said "tea's fuzz" and it proves the leaves were picked early in the harvest season. Japanese tea are usually picked about 3 times a year. The leaves picked at the first time of the year is called "first-picked tea"(ICHIBAN-CHA in Japanese) and that is the best quality comparing 2nd and 3rd ones. Only...

Read more →


Keiji Kitani

Matcha health benefits

Matcha health benefits

  All that is truly tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. Whether it is classified as black, green, or white depends on how it is processed. Chamomile, mint, and other teas are more accurately herbs that can be brewed into teas. What Makes Matcha Green Tea Special? Green tea is prepared through steaming. This light processing leaves most of its beneficial compounds in tact, making it famously healthy. Matcha green tea is then stone ground and sold as a powder. When you drink matcha green tea, you are consuming the entire leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant, rather than...

Read more →


Keiji Kitani

Matcha "HOUN" used as tea for GOD in Imamiya shrine in Kyoto

Matcha "HOUN" used as tea for GOD in Imamiya shrine in Kyoto

There are some famous Shinto ritual festivals in Kyoto. Our matcha "Houn" was selected as a tea to present to God at the famous shrine "Imamiya shrine" in Kyoto. You may find Shinto something "strange" if you are religious people in western countries. We Japanese believe in that Gods exist in every nature like inside river, mountain, trees etc. We call them like "God in the mountain or maybe God in  the river".  There a lot of shrines to celebrate Gods in nature and those shrines usually have festivals in August for praying for good harvests in coming autumn.Imamiya shrine is one...

Read more →

Recent Articles