Shizuoka farm plies its pigs with green tea instead of water

National 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

Food & Drink Apr 9, 2015

'Matcha' gets remake in U.S. market

by Christine Armario

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

Travel Sep 6, 2014

Kanazawa City: the architecture of tea

by Stephen Mansfield

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

National 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 ...

National / Science & Health Mar 16, 2013

Green tea, coffee may cut stroke risk

A study tracking more than 80,000 adults for 13 years found those who regularly drank green tea or coffee were 20 percent less likely to suffer a stroke, researchers said Friday. Green tea may help protect blood vessels, while coffee could lower blood sugar levels, ...