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METHODS FOR SHADING THE TEA BUSHES DURING CULTIVATION

The straw canopy The straw canopy [本簾被覆; honzu hifuku] is mainly used for the cultivation of shade grown tea bushes used to produce gyokuro and …

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TEA CULTIVATION: HOW BLANKETING METHODS BECAME PART OF THE PROCESS

The tea bush is known to produce amino acids during tea cultivation. These are transferred to the fresh buds for their initial development. When the sunlight reaches those buds, photosynthesis occurs and causes these amino acids to change into catechin. While amino acids are chemical components that are responsible for a sweet, umami flavor, catechin components imbue the final product with a rather bitter taste.

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CHART AND DEFINITION OF JAPANESE TEA TYPES

Japanese tea is often described as ‘green tea’ and limited to the major brands of tea that are fashioned in Japan. These include sencha, kabusecha, …

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HOW POSITIVE ENERGY IN TEA BRINGS US MORE SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

At The Tea Crane we not only select the best Japanese artisan teas. Our ultimate goal is to support those artisan manufacturers that are struggling …

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A CONVERSATION ABOUT OUR DEDICATED TEA TASTING NOTEBOOK WITH THE DESIGNER.

INTRODUCTION Sven Kraus is a renowned calligrapher and artisan craftsman in the “toji” Japanese bookbinding style. He has designed and fully hand-crafted a Japan-themed notebook dedicated …

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A CONVERSATION ABOUT OUR SHIGARAKI TEA SET WITH THE DESIGNER.

INTRODUCTION When I visited the Shigaraki potter Hozan, I encountered this beautifully designed shiboridashi teapot. As I learned more of its background, I discovered that the …

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WHY IS IT MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND HIGH-GRADE ORGANIC MATCHA AS OPPOSED TO ORGANIC LEAF TEA?

While there is a good variety of organically well-produced delicious green, oolong and black teas out there, it doesn’t cease to surprise me how very …

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WHAT HAS WAKING UP IN THE MORNING TO DO WITH TEA?

Why do you wake up in the morning? What energizes you to come out of bed and start the day? Or, what do you do …

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HOW I ACTIVATED LAZY ME.

We are being told this same thing over and over. The internet is overflowing with blogs and content aiming to convey the exact same message. …

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VISITING THE SHAPERS OF THE JAPANESE TEA OF THE FUTURE.

Last month, a tea expert from Belgium consulted me regarding a visit of the most renowned tea producing regions in the Kansai area. The three-day …

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THE EFFICIENCY OF MACHINES VS. OUR PREFERENCE OF TASTE

Contemporarily, Japan is renown for its green tea. Matcha is overtaking the world as a ‘power food’, and is rapidly gaining preference with the more …