Botebotecha

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While most of Japanese teas are known and drank all across the country, there are several regional teas that are only known in a specific region. Botebotecha is one of them. Botebotecha comes from Matsue in Shimane prefecture. Rather than referring to the dry tea leaves it refers to the way of preparing and drinking […]

Sado Kagetsu

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Nowadays Japanese tea ceremony may not be as popular as it used to be before, and in smaller towns some teachers may struggle to find enough students. They may also teach their students individually, unlike in the past when for a tea ceremony practice – keiko (稽古), the teacher would gather all the students at […]

Hatsugama

Sado Hatsugama

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A formal tea ceremony, called chaji, can take up to four hours (plus additional preparation time before and after the event). It includes many different elements such as the appreciation of the art (the hanging scroll – kakejiku and flower composition- chabana), charcoal laying rituals (shozumi and gozumi), two kinds of tea (thick tea – […]

Takayama Chasen

Takayama Chasen

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Japanese tea ceremony is known throughout the world. The ceremonial preparation of tea includes some very traditional utensils, one of which is a bamboo whisk called chasen. It is made from one piece of bamboo, that is split and carved into a number of fine tines. It is little known that around 90% of chasen […]

Bankoyaki

Bankoyaki Teaware

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It is difficult to really enjoy tea without the appropriate teaware. And in Japan the two were going hand in hand with one another until the turn to pet bottle teas in recent years. Bankoyaki is one of the traditional Japanese pottery styles. While most of the other traditional styles such as Tokonameyaki, Shigarakiyaki, Bizenyaki, […]