Goishicha (碁石茶)

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History Goishicha’s production is almost exclusively limited to the area around Ootoyo town in Kōchi prefecture, where it is registered as a trademark of the Ootoyo Town Goishicha Cooperative. The exact moment of its start in Japan is unknown but it is thought that goishicha first appeared in the 18th century. Although historically not attested, […]

Sencha (煎茶)

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In our previous articles on Japanese tea kinds, we often talked about seasonal types of tea and even teas that are considered more rare in Japan. This time we are going to write about quite the opposite: the most common and widespread tea produced (and still consumed) in Japan – sencha! Let’s see more in […]

Obukucha (大福茶)

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Have you heard of Obukucha – the special tea that people in Japan drink around the new year? The name Obukucha (大福茶), translated from Japanese means good fortune tea. It is usually drunk on the first days of the new year to bring good luck and good health for the coming year. The tradition was […]

Post-Fermented Japanese Tea

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Introduction Just like China with its pu-erh, Japan has its post-fermented tea too. However, Japanese post-fermented teas are produced only in small quantities and are very geographically specific! Most of these teas are produced in small rural villages, where this very particular tradition is being kept alive by a few people, usually of the older […]