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 […]

Tencha – the Hidden Treasure

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Many of us are happy Matcha drinkers. But does everyone know how it comes about? Tencha holds the secret. What exactly is Tencha, you may ask. To put it simply, Tencha is the processed tea leaves, intended to become the precious green powder – Matcha. This meaning can be seen directly in the Japanese characters […]


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The world of Japanese tea is wide and deep. By now many people know Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha. Some other teas may not have been in the spotlight but they are also worth some attention. One of them is Kukicha, or stem tea, if translated literary form Japanese. What that means is that Kukicha mostly includes […]