History of green tea from Japan
The Japanese history starts with a Buddhist Monk who introduced tea to Japan in the 6th Century and by the year 1200 Japanese Zen priest Eisai, wrote the first book on this beverage (“Kissa Yojoki” or translated: “Book of Tea”).
He described the plant from which all tea originates (“Camelia sinensis”), how you can grow the Camelia sinensis and how to process its leaves. He also stresses the important health benefits for vital organs such as the heart and the brain.
Nowadays, around 45% of green tea is produced in the Shizuoka prefecture, south of Tokyo. Other popular regions are Uji and Kagoshima.
Types of Japanese green tea
There are various types, originating from Japan such as Gyokuro green tea – grown under the shade – but otherwise similar to Sencha green tea.
With three to four harvest periods a year in Japan, the leaves plucked in the first round are of the highest quality. Sencha is made from the tea leaves plucked in the first and second round,…