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  • Matcha from Hoshino, Yame

    We have started selling Matcha produced in Hoshino, Yame Fukuoka prefecture which is near our place. They are blessed with pure water and moderate climate and fertile lands. Based on these conditions, they grow high quality of tea leaves and Matcha naturally.Please try to taste their Matcha at this opportunity.We deal with other brand of Matcha depend on your requests. Please feel free to ask us any time.
  • Sakura here has been finally in full bloom this week

    Sakura here has been finally in full bloom this week. Please watch the photo at left hand which is Sakura view point in Tofuro-ato, a historic site near my house. It normally lasts for coming 1 week. Fortunately, we will have fine weather continuously at least till next week and we can enjoy their short lived beauty longer than average year. Please look at Shidare-zakura (weeping Sakura) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbk0YPTzh9Y at Taishoji park in Iizuka, Fukuoka prefecture.
  • New Item Urushi Tea Bowl Released By Mr Kasho Yoshita

    A couple of Urushi-nuri (lacquered) tea bowls are released this summer which are made by a well known Makie artist, Mr Kasho Yoshita (1940-) who lives in Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture. The size of the tea bowls are 11.5cmx7.0cm. They are easy to handle because of their weight and have long durabilities. It is US$800.00 and in mint condition. kanshistu

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    A Short History of Japanese Green Tea

    The origin of tea plant was in Yunnan Province, China. They ate tea leaves as a medicine at that time. It was a long time ago before tea became a popular drink. Tea plant was brought to Japan by Japanese Buddhist monks in Heian period (794-1185). Ordinally people in Japan began to drink tea much later in Kamakura period (1192-1333) with the new way of drinking which was known as the Matcha style that was brought also from China by Eisai(1141-1215), the founder of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. In Muromachi period(1392- 1568), the tea ceremony gatherings became more popular, paticularly among the warrior class when Japanese traditional tea ceremony (Cha-no-yu) officially began.

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    Various kinds of Japanese green tea

    There are roughly 5 kinds of green tea such as Matcha, Gyoruko,Sencya, Hojicya and Genmai cha depending upon how it is grown. The manufacturing process is aslo different.

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    The utensils to be prepared for a tea ceremony

    img Nowadays, in a tea ceremony, Matcha (powdered tea) is normally used, not dry leaf tea and therefore when it comes to a tea ceremony here, it stands for Matcha tea ceremony. Bacially, the following utensils are to be used for a formal tea ceremony; Tea bowl, water jug, kettle&braizer,water basin, water ladler, tea scoop, tea caddy, tea whisk and tea cloth. However, in order to simplify such preparations, we have “Bonryaku Temae”(simplified tea ceremony) which has been popular among people who enjoy a tea ceremony. It needs only a tea bowl, a water jug,a tea scoop,a tea whisk,a tea caddy and a tea cloth on a tray, so that tea can be made to enjoy so easily. (you may be able to skip using a water jug and a tea caddy and use other vessels instead.)

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    A Short history of Japanese pottery

    img It was the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603) in which the original Japanese pottery had been developed drastically with its beauty. Lots of original Japanese pottery incluing tea bowls were born in this period. It was kind of an explosion of creativity in the hisotry of the Japanese pottery as an art in the sense that the designs of the pottery in this period were obviously diffrent from the pottery made before Azuchi-Momoyama period. In fact, they were influenced much by the techniques brought from China and Korea into Japan before that time.

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    FAQ about Japanese tea ceremony

    • How to change tea bowls according to season?
    • What kind of tea bowls are popur in Japan?
    • How to keep tea bowls in good condition?
    • How to display tea bowls at our house?
    • What kind of flowers to arrange in a vase when on a tea ceremony?
    • What are green tea ingredients?
    • What is health benefit of Green Tea?
    • What kinds of cuisine Green tea can be used in?
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    Recommended Sushi Bar

    img There are many Sushi bars here in Fukuoka but we have one very good Sushi bar called Sushiman which is a local Sushi bar we often go to near us. He serves very tasteful Sushi pieces for us and we would like you to try once if you have a chance.

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    Let’s enjoy a tea ceremony at your home!

    How to make and drink matcha tea? It is so simple. Just try a “Bonryaku -Temae”. It must be much easier than you expect!

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    Our Sales Policy

    • Payment : Payment should be arranged within 3 days after order is placed unless you advise us to hold the item or the presice date to arrange a payment.
    • Combined Shipment : We accept to hold a shipment for 1 Zweeks after the first order is placed in order to minimize the total freight on request basis.
    • Delivery & refund : We ship out packages from the post office only to minimize a freight for cutomers. Basically they have 2 types of services such as EMS (Express) and standard (SAL). Only by EMS, the package is tracable and fully insured in case of lost or damaged. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to use an EMS for valuable items.
    • Return : Our items are old(used) or vintage, so they are basically not returnable even if you find it is not the one you like after you receive it. We would like to provide details as much as possible of the items and answer your queries in advance in order to avoid this kind of situation.
    • Items to hold : Basically, we will hold an item for 1 week after the date an order placed at the maximum and up to US$3,000 in total in one order.