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Tea ceremonies in China and Japan

Uday Patel
 


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The tradition of offering tea ceremonies to relatives and friends is common in almost every part of the world. During special occasions and all types of casual and formal get together, the brew has earned good reputation for being served before guests in a rich way. This popular beverage is generally consumed during social events and some extensive cultures in various countries have made it an essential part of formal ceremonies.

Tea ceremonies in China

Tea culture in China includes special Chinese brewing ceremony, its preparation and serving the tea to guests. The style of saying ‘thank you’ for tea is also special in the country. The ceremonies can also be planned for various purposes there for example in order to make apology, one can pour the brew for those to whom it wants apology.

On other hand, offering the beverage to elder people is the sign of respect there. In order to say ‘thanks’ for tea; guests tap their fingers in special manner on table just after the host serves. Also, bride and groom on their wedding day knee downs and serve tea to their parents for offering regards. Parents usually take a sip and offer red envelope to the newlywed couple as good luck. The traditional vessels such as teapot, cups and saucers are made up of porcelain with attractive designs on them.

Tea ceremonies in Japan

Like in the Chinese culture, Japanese tradition is also an interesting fact to know. Tea vessels there are usually made up of metal or ceramics as per the preference of the host. Everything about tea there i. e. its brewing, time, occasion and serving style is planned according to the situation and event. Green tea is the leading beverage in the country which is offered to guests in special events. Many professional groups there use to serve green tea during afternoon breaks.

Generally, sweets and snacks offered by friends and colleagues are tasted with green tea in Japan. Also, this beverage is offered during casual and formal meetings with friends and professionals. During the time of outing, a thermos full of green tea is added along the lunch box in Japan. The specially designed traditional cups there enhance the craze of drinking the hot beverage literally.

Tea has also secured its strong cultural bond with social events in Japan and become the part of traditional Japanese cuisine. One of the most interesting facts is that a cup of tea in Japanese restaurants is offered free with meal along with as many refills as the visitor wishes. Most of the Japanese restaurants impart special attention for the selection of leaf as it is directly affiliated with their credit in the market.

Uday writes often on green tea brands stores hence the article. He also writes of various types of green leaf available globally. Uday writes on cultivation processings and blendings of leaves to create premium blends.

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