I started drinking tea at a very young age. When most young children switch from milk to juice, I went straight to tea. I was born in Myanmar and was lucky to have different cultural experiences. I look forward to drinking tea with my grandparents every day. My grandparents kept my imagination active. At age 6, I moved to America and lost contact with my grandparents. I never saw them again. I missed everything about them and those tea times together. Whenever I drink tea, I always think about them and feel that I can somehow relive those happy times from my childhood.
Naoki’s Story (Matcha Memories)
From May to August, new green leaves will be growing in Japan. Mountains, seas and the ocean surround Japan. On the slope of the mountain, you can find green tea gardens and rural landscapes spreading throughout the ground. The Japanese tea production areas are Shizuoka, Kyoto, Aichi, Mie’s Ise. Ise is very popular and the Japanese Prime Minister held a summit there for leaders from all around the world. Another famous place for Matcha is Kyoto. Kyoto has a very long history with Matcha.
When I visited Kyoto, I passed in front of a teashop. I don’t know what is the correct expression. But there was a strong, sweet and roasted smell. It was a very good smell. It is like an aroma. Matcha is very special to me. My mother had known about Matcha. She learned “Urasenke” for a long time. Occasionally my mother would make tea. My wife grew up drinking tea as early as age 3. Tea brings back precious memories with her grandparents. A famous person named “Sen No Rikyuu” spread Matcha in Japan. He created the “Omotesenke” and “Urasenke” methods for tea ceremony.
Japan is known for “tea ceremonies.”
Its way is very profound. It is not simply drinking tea. The ceremony begins with a bow and ends with an expression of gratitude. The main difference is “Omote senke” tea does not need to be whisked. “Urasenke” involves whisking. The tea will form small bubbles on the surface. These bubbles add a mellow sweetness to the bitterness of tea. Matcha is an important part of Japanese culture. It is a way to soothe a tired body. If you eat sweets or deep fried foods, drinking Matcha can help you feel relieved.
Matcha relaxes your mind and you can experience the moments of healing.
We wish we could share the charms of Matcha with everyone.