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All About Japanese Tea Culture

  • A Japanese summer delicacy, Uji kintoki

    A Japanese summer delicacy, Uji kintoki

    If you are a Japanese tea aficionado, you’ve probably already heard of the famous tea producing region Uji, in Kyoto Prefecture. But have you heard of Uji kintoki? It actually...

  • Craftsmanship and evolution of the Japanese tea caddy

    Craftsmanship and evolution of the Japanese tea caddy

    Tea caddies have been important for Japanese tea for hundreds of years and have carried particular prestige since the great warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) ranked tea ceremony utensils for their aesthetic value....

  • Grandma phantom tea in the mountains

    Grandma phantom tea in the mountains

    Hello! Have you tried any of the 2023 shinchas at Yunomi?  The month of May (the time around the 88th night) is peak tea harvesting season in Japan. When one...

  • Celebrate Hachijyu-Hachiya (88th Night)

    Celebrate Hachijyu-Hachiya (88th Night)

    May 2nd in 2023, is “hachijyu-hachiya”, a holiday which marks the 88th night since the beginning of spring called Risshun (i.e., February 2nd or 3rd) according to the Japanese lunar calendar. Traditionally...

  • History of Hojicha, One of Japan's Favorite Teas

    History of Hojicha, One of Japan's Favorite Teas

    Today, we touch on the history of hojicha, which in comparison to the other Japanese teas out there, is relatively new.  Hojicha making started in the 1920’s, during Japan’s early...

  • History behind the Japanese side-handled kyusu

    History behind the Japanese side-handled kyusu

    If you’re familiar with the Japanese teapot “kyusu”, you’ve probably noticed it has its’ handle to the side at a 90 degree angle instead of to the back like most...

  • Chabana - The Flowers of Tea Plants - Yunomi.life

    Chabana - The Flowers of Tea Plants

    Today, let’s talk about tea flowers! That is, not the general seasonal tea flowers that one may arrange for a Japanese tea ceremony, but tea flowers that actually bloom on the...

  • In Celebration: Japanese Tea Day - Yunomi.life

    In Celebration: Japanese Tea Day

    Ohayo! Genki-desuka? (Good morning! How are you?) Can you believe it’s the end of October? As the temperatures drop, leaves change colors and we dance with falling leaves, I find...