【Bonus Gift for selected participants】Please take a part in the survey about Japanese tea

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Many tourists to Japan purchase Japanese tea for souvenirs. However, how many Japanese can explain why it has become so popular for tourists (in fact, no one in our media editing team could explain the reasons)?

Japanese tea is very popular among foreign tourists too
Japanese tea is very popular among foreign tourists too

Or, even if you feel that you do not know much about Japanese tea yet, please do not hesitate to take a part. Below, we are going to list some trivia about Japanese tea, so we will appreciate it if you could read the article and go on to the survey.
【Information Source: “ITO EN” Official site (One of the representative tea drinks companies in Japan) 】

Trivia #1: Green tea, Oolong tea and Black tea are all made from the same leaves

Green tea such as “Sencha” and “Macha”, one of the Chinese tea known as “Oolong tea”, and also “Black tea” enjoyed around the world all come from the same tea leaves initially. Depending on species of trees and growing environments and processes, they are divided into distinctive types.

Trivia #2: In Japan, “Green Tea” is the most popular

Most of tea made in Japan belong to green tea, and in fact, about 2/3 of them are called “Sencha”. Other than Sencha, there are various kinds of green tea made in Japan and they are all different in the ways they are grown and processed. Also, tea made with the first picked leaves of the year is called “Shincha”.

“Green tea” is divided in to different kinds depending the ways the leaves are processed.
“Green tea” is divided in to different kinds depending the ways the leaves are processed.

Trivia #3: Various ingredients contained in tea

It is said that ingredients contained in green tea do not only make it flavorful, but are also good for our minds and bodies preventing cold, flu and cavities, helping us to wake up and feel relaxed.

Helpful ingredients contained in green tea
Helpful ingredients contained in green tea

Trivia #4: It was about 1,200 years ago when tea was brought into Japan

Tea was brought to Japan by monks who crossed the ocean to get to China to learn about their culture. In the historical book written about 1,200 years ago, it is written that some monks who came back from China made tea for the Emperor of Japan. Later, people started planting and making their own tea in Japan, and the unique tea culture known as “Sado” became famous.

Original tea culture known as “Sado” was spread
Original tea culture known as “Sado” was spread

Trivia #5: Tea in plastic bottles and cans were developed in Japan

Tea in plastic bottles and cans that are available at convenience stores and vending machines were first developed in Japan about 30 years ago. Since then, tea has become a drink that can be enjoyed at any time though before that, it was something that needed to be made with boiling water and tea-pot at home.

Tea in plastic bottles and cans were developed in Japan
Tea in plastic bottles and cans were developed in Japan