日本のお茶 Japanese Tea


My family like Japanese  tea a lot.
They drink a lot of it, from the morning to before sleeping.

green tea _guri
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http://wulongtea.exblog.jp/3707533/

When I was a child, a dentist found out the tea incrustation on my tooth.
I don’t know the green tea avoids teeth damage or not, but I have never had bad tooth in my child time.

I wanted drink coke or sweet juice at that time and complained a lot.
However, my parents never gave me coke.

Now, I feel really thanks to my parents as I still don’t have bad tooth.

I would like to talk about Japanese green tea today.

tea field
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http://www.sakura-cafe.asia

Green tea is unfermented tea.
It is classified by a product made in steaming(mushi) method and a roasting (Kamairi) method.

In addition, the kind of the tea is innumerableness, when it divided a manufacturing method, kind distinction,
a production place and time or a season of the production.

I introduce main six kinds of Japanese tea.

1.煎茶 Sencha
Sencha

The tea is the most common in representatives as the Japanese green tea.
It picks young leaves, and it steams immediately and rubs it, and is made.
Taste and a fragrance is improving as upper grade product.

2.玉露 Gyokuro
Gyokuro tea leaves
It’s covered to a sprout in Yoshizu shelves,material is made of reeds,
and avoided direct rays of the sun and cultivated.
It’s high quality tea, which has great taste and holds down bitterness.

3.番茶 Bancha
bancha
The tea is made of growntea leafs and stems, which is hard and raw materials.
The manufacturing method is the same as Sencha tea .

4.玄米茶 Genmaicha
genmai cha

A fragrant smell is a characteristic.
It is the tea which mixed the roast unpolished rice and Bancha.

5.焙じ茶 Houjicha
Houjicha

It is made of roasting Bancha or Kukicha over a high heat.
The fragrant smell and flavor are characteristics.
It’s less caffein and be liked to drink at after a meal.

6. 抹茶 Maccha
Maccha
The method is same as Gyokuro tea, it’s avoided direct rays of the sun and after steaming, drying without rubs.
Then, it’s ground with tea-grinding hand mill and made a fine powder.
It is used as drinking at tea ceremony and is used as a Japanese sweet, a Western confectionery or material of the dishes widely.

Image and referance from
http://www.japanese-greentea.net

If you are interested in, you can join green tea picking tour!
http://www.shizuoka-guide.com/english/activ/index.html

tea picking
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http://hellonavi.jp/purpose/experience/tea.html

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