Emperor, Empress Hold Tea Party For Royals

Emperor, Empress hold tea party for royals

Japan's Emperor and Empress have held a tea party for royalty visiting Japan from abroad to attend the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted the party at their residence, the Akasaka Palace, on Wednesday afternoon.

Tea Party Planned For Royal Guests From Abroad

Tea party planned for royal guests from abroad

A tea party will be held for royalty visiting Japan from abroad to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito on October 22.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will host the tea party the following day at their residence, the Akasaka Palace.

Emperor, Empress Host Tea Party

Emperor, Empress host tea party

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted a tea party for top athletes, academics and cultural figures at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday.

The guests included former Olympic figure skater Mao Asada, baseball legend Sadaharu Oh and Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi. Representatives of local governments were also invited.

Urasenke Head Serves Year's First Tea In Kyoto

Urasenke head serves year's first tea in Kyoto

The head of a major school of the Japanese tea ceremony has served the first tea of 2019.

The grand master of the Urasenke school, Sen Soshitsu, hosted the New Year event at a tea house in the ancient capital of Kyoto on Monday.

Nara-style Tea Rice Brings About Aroma From The Edo Period

Nara-style tea rice brings about aroma from the Edo Period

Besides teaching Japanese cuisine in Tokyo's Akasaka district, Naoyuki Yanagihara frequents libraries to read documents from the Edo Period (1603-1867). He believes that studying the originality and ingenuity of his forerunners will show him the path he should take.

"I try to learn the changes in the ingredients and cooking procedures and make use of them today," the 39-year-old cooking expert says.

Roasted Tea A Hit For Its Mild Flavor, Aroma

Roasted tea a hit for its mild flavor, aroma

By Miho Saeki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterBeverages, sweets and other products flavored with hojicha, or Japanese roasted green tea, have become a common sight in stores these days.

Hojicha's mild flavor and aroma have brought new popularity to existing products. Increasing health consciousness among consumers has also fueled the trend.

Green Tea Cafes Aim To Revive Interest In Japan's Traditional Beverage

Green tea cafes aim to revive interest in Japan's traditional beverage

With Japan's consumption of green tea in steady decline, a new breed of casual cafe specializing in the traditional brew aims to reverse the trend by introducing customers to a wide variety of brands, as well as unconventional serving methods.

Customers including visitors from overseas and young Japanese are able to learn about green tea and perhaps find a new favorite variety at such cafes.

Taking Shizuoka Green Tea Beyond Its Blind Consumption

Taking Shizuoka green tea beyond its blind consumption

The people of Japan will likely need little introduction to the green tea cultivated, packaged and brewed in Shizuoka.  Prefecture and drink have become a default pairing in the minds of a nation, and not without good reason.  Plantations and people combine here to handle production for nearly half of Japan’s green tea.  

It’s an impressive boast considering the humble beginings when, during the 13th century, Buddhist high priest Shoichi Kokushi on his return from China, pushed tea plant seeds into the earth of the Abe River basin, in the Ashikubo region of Shizuoka.  In doing so, Kokushi quite literally planted the seeds of a product, tradition, and culture that would help spearhead Japan’s post-WWII economic recovery, and become an integral part of life in the country.