Kyoto promotes high-grade Uji green tea in Paris

Jan 22, 2017

Kyoto promotes high-grade Uji green tea in Paris

Confronted with slumping domestic consumption, producers of high-quality Uji green tea and the Kyoto Prefectural Government are working together to make a sales pitch abroad. As part of their overseas campaign, they invited a group of about 40 French entrepreneurs and journalists to a full-course ...

Shizuoka farm plies its pigs with green tea instead of water

May 11, 2015

Shizuoka farm plies its pigs with green tea instead of water

A pig farm in Shizuoka Prefecture, known as a production hub for high-quality green tea, has come up with a new way of raising branded pork: having its pigs drink tea instead of water. The pigs, named "Tea-ton" (meaning tea pork), have proved popular among ...

'Matcha' gets remake in U.S. market

Apr 9, 2015

'Matcha' gets remake in U.S. market

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More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup. Today matcha in the U.S. is considerably ...

Kanazawa City: the architecture of tea

Sep 6, 2014

Kanazawa City: the architecture of tea

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One of the first things you see as you exit Kanazawa Station is a giant brass sculpture of a teapot sunken drunkenly into a mound of grass or, depending on your interpretation, tilting to fill a cup of the refreshing green brew the city ...

Green tea extract lends new aroma to cosmetics

Jun 23, 2014

Green tea extract lends new aroma to cosmetics

A beauty school owner in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, has created a new line of cosmetics made with a green tea extract. Megumi Ota, who teaches aromatherapy, said the idea to use green tea came from a student who wondered why the aroma wasn't available. Ota, who ...