A Report On Japanese Tea

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As Japanese Tea Ceremony is an important part of Japanese food and culture, drinking tea was initially popular in China since the fourth century. From history, tea plants did not grow in Japan initially until the first seeds were brought from China during the Tang Dynasty (China 618-907). During this period, the two countries were at their prime as they were experiencing growing relationships and cultural exchanges between each other. In China, tea was esteemed for its medicinal value and represented an elegant drink. According to legend, the history of tea in Japan was created 1,300 years ago by a Buddhist monk, named Bodhidharma. Uniquely, the story is that he would have a daily routine of meditating for nine years just by staring at the wall of a cave. In his own personal journey, he battled his occasional drowsiness where he has to drink tea to ease the pain. Eventually, he came up with the idea of cutting off his eyelids, so his eyes would not close. Supposedly, on the place where he placed his severed eyelids, the first tea bushes appeared. From this legend, it was reported that this story is why the tea ceremony is so important to Zen Buddhism and Japanese culture as he was an important role model. (Hays, 2013)
Initially, tea started as a powdered tea which were tea leaves that are steamed, dried, and then crushed into powder. In addition, the tea developed the split bamboo whisk that was to be stirred into the hot water. Throughout time, China replaced the powdered
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