Chado- The Way of the Tea By Caroline W. & Ahmad A.
In Japan tea is very important to the Japanese people.
There are many types of tea available to them to enjoy.
Tea can help with a person’s emotions and feelings.
There are many aspects to learn about tea such as making tea, the manners used during tea ceremonies, and where tea is sold.
Tea is very important in Japan and to the Japanese culture. Tea is a tradition to the people of Japan and they drink tea every day
What are some manners to use in a tea ceremony?
When arriving at a tea ceremony try to be on time When entering the ceremony wear slippers, so not dirt will come inside.
When at the tea ceremony eat and drink everything your host provides. When drinking from the bowl turn it slightly to avoid from its front side.
When in the tea room do not smoke it is rude to your host. Each utensil in a tea ceremony including the scrolls, flowers and food has been thoughtfully selected by your host and has special meaning.
When done with your tea ceremony, thank the host with sincerity. After two or three days call or write a korel which is a thanking afterwards to show your appreciation to your host. .
Why is tea so important?
Tea is something that is used almost every day in Japan
Tea is usually important because it helps with the mood of some one, like if you are mad will calm you, if you are sad it will cheer you.
Tea also helps with some of your 5 senses.
Tea is also important in Japan because its traditions have been going on for a long time now.
Many Japanese people would like to keep tea traditions going on, because of it’s delicious taste.
What are the most used teas?
The most used teas in Japan are white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and yellow tea which comes from a different plant called Osmanthus
All of the teas have different growing times through out the year, the green tea is grown, through the year, white tea can only be grown once a year, yellow tea can only grow twice a year, black tea is grown at the end of the year, oolong tea can be grown twice a year.
Each tea is liked because of its soothing taste
The teas have different tastes depending on where they are grown on the plant, like the black tea is somewhat bitter because it is grown on the bottom of the tea plant
How do Japanese people make their tea?
There are steps in making tea that are followed by the Japanese.
The first step is to pick the tea leaves.
For the 2 nd step, the tea leaves are placed in a drying rack so the tea will dry. For the first and second steps, only white and yellow teas are used.
But not in step 3 and 4 as only green and black teas are used then. Well in step three the tea is put into the hot stove and stirred around trying to not let it burn. Also in step three the tea is put in a hot stove to try to get the oils out.
In the 4 th step, take the leaves out of the stove and put them into a woven basket letting the leaves cool down while still trying to get the oils out.
When storing tea leaves, there are short or long term techniques. For short term, tea leaves will be stored as loose dry leaves. Or, for long term storage, the tea leaves are pressed into bricks. These bricks can last for hundreds of years and cost hundreds of dollars.
Where do merchants sell their tea?
In Japan tea merchants sell their tea in Uji. Uji is a constant center of tea production and has been this way for over eight hundred years.
Market towns are usually where tea merchants would sell their tea.
Merchants would ride in Kagos. Kagos were a passenger box carried on poles by 2 husky men wearing loincloths.
Once merchants arrived at a market town, they would set up a booth and begin selling their tea for money or the Japanese would trade something for tea.
Tea is something that you will use almost every day in Japan.
The tea is something that Japanese people have been using for along time and they have been able to keep it going until this century.
The tea traditions from the samurai times in Japan have still been going on today, like the tea ceremony.
All traditions have been the same and the Japanese would like to keep them going on.
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