A Crafty Cuppa?

Japanese culture - February 15th, 2013

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The highest grade is gyokuro, which is picked during the first round of harvest and shaded from the sun for some time before harvest. Second comes sencha, which is also picked in the first round of harvest but whose leaves are not protected from the sunlight. Lastly, bancha stands at the ‘lowest’ grade as the leaves are picked during the later stages of harvesting. As for matcha, only dried and finely milled quality leaves are used.

Most of the tea in Japan is cultivated in Shizuoka, Kagoshima and Uji, the old city found in the Tale of Genji, located between Kyoto and Nara. History says that the beverage was first introduced to Japan from China in the 700s, but back then the luxury stuff was reserved for priests and noblemen.

Whether you see tea as an art or just a mere chance to relax after work – even during – at least know that to enjoy it at its best you’ll want to stop and think.


The teapot above is a particularly nice way to enjoy and from the hundreds of options out there is a current favourite of ours. To have a look at more ceramics like this and to get more information on the craftspeople of Japan, or indeed to buy some of the products talked about here, visit JCRAFTS.com, who have in part sponsored this article. Jcrafts is an online shop that sells items with engrained Japanese spirit to 120 countries worldwide while aiming to also teach you all about where they come from.