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Matcha, one of Japan's Most Prominent Traditions



2022.05.26 (Thu)

By Charlotte, long-term Tokyo resident & history-loving traveler

International Tea Day is observed annually on May 21 as of the year 2020. To celebrate, let's talk about Matcha, one of Japan's most popular commodities, and a place in Taito City here you can experience a traditional Matcha tea ceremony.

First, Matcha is a finely ground powder of green tea leaves used to make tea. Matcha was first introduced to Japan from China around 1,200 years ago. Later, Matcha became a popular drink among monks and warriors. Thanks to the advent of teapots in the 20th century, Matcha became a common beverage in homes across the nation.

Together with the spread of Matcha, Japan's traditional tea ceremony ritual of calming the mind and serving tea to guests also became more refined. The tea ceremony is also an amalgamation of various other traditions, such as the etiquette of serving guests, tearoom interior decorations, teamaking utensils, Japanese traditional confectionaries, and more.

In Taito City, you can experience tea ceremonies at places such as "Asakusa Chazen." You will get to wear a kimono and experience a tea ceremony here. Come to Asakusa, which is filled with Japan's history, and enjoy a tea ceremony—the epitome of Japanese culture—with all your five senses.

Click the following links if you wish to know more about the tea ceremony experience!

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