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  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year! Wish all of you a brilliant and a healthy new year. We will be open on 6th January. Please visit and check out our new arrivals in 2020.
  • Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy and a healthy New Year!
  • The season of colored leaves has begun

    The tree leave have been changing their colors to red in many places in Japan. Please watch their beautiful scenery of the red leaves at Ruri-koin in Kyoto
  • The emperor’s enthronement parade was carried out

    The emperor’s enthronement parade was carried out called "Shukuga-Onretsu-no-gi" on 10th of November. It was originally planned to be done on 23rd of October. However, the event has been postponed to yesterday due to the disaster caused by the last typhoon in Kanto area. Please watch their wonderful smiles. I feel that Japan is peaceful country again.
  • Hakata Light-up Walk 2019 has been held from 11th to 14th of October in Fukuoka city

    The Hakata Light-up Walk, an annual city event has been held in Fukuoka city from 11th to 14th of October Light Please watch their beautiful scenery and feel a bit about their fascination.
  • Fireworks Hanabi Fantasia Held At Momochi on 8th Of August

    The 2019 Fukuoka Hanabi Fantajia was held at Momochi beach on 7th of August. It was originally planned to be held on 7th of August but postponed to on 8th of August due to the typhoon No 8.
  • 2019 Hakata Yamagasa has begun

    Our summer event "Hakata Gion Yamakasa" has begun on 1st of July. At the same time, they stared dislpaying their14 kinds of Kazari-yama (decorative shrine) in the 14 places in the city. Please see Kazariyama
  • Ajisai (hydrangea) has been in full bloom

    Please enjoy watching beautiful Ajisai (hydrangea) which has been full bloom in June.
  • Suitcase Tea Room

    A suitcase Chashitsu called "Zen-an" is a portable Chashitsu (tea room) and easy to assemble. It must be an epoch making item Chado.
  • Beautiful Tea Ceremony

    We came across a video to show a beautiful tea ceremony on youtube. Please enjoy watching the video.
  • Ms Tsuruko Hanzawa's Tea Journey

    Ms Tsuruko Hanzawa is a Chaji (a Kaiseki arranged with tea ceremony) orgaziner. She visits many places in Japan to sevre her Chaji who she meets on her tea journey. Please watch her attractive tea journey.
  • How to are Kimono For Tea Ceremony

    This is a book introducing "how to ware Kimono" for tea ceremony by a DVD published by Tankosha who is a group compnay of Urasenke shcool in Kyoto. We are selling the book in our shop. Please look at and get it if you are interested in it.
  • Wagashi created by Mr Junichi Mihori

    Mr Junichi Mohori calls himself "Kado-ka" like other Japanese traditional artists and his way of making Wagashi "Ikka-ryu". His Wagashi is really eligible to call "Art". Please enjoy watching his Wagashi and enjoy tasting them visually.
  • Autumn Tea Ceremony Ginchakai In Tokyo was held

    An Autumn tea ceremony in Tokyo was held at Ginza on 28th October. There are 5 different schools participated in the event such as Omote-senke, Ura-senke, Edo-senke, Mushanokoji-senke and Edo-senke.
  • Movie

    A movie of tea ceremony titled "Nichi-nichi Kore Kojitsu"(every day is a good day (try to live each day sincerely to make it a good day) is coming to movie theaters soon in October. Please watch the preview of the movie.
  • 2018 Autumn in Kyoto

    Please enjoy Momiji at Shofukuji temple in Kyoto which is one of famous Momiji viewing place.
  • Choyo-no-sekku

    9th of September 2018 was "Choyo-no-sekku" (Chrysanthemum Festival) We currently do not do anything special (young generation do not know even the word) but some people eat Chestnut rice to pray for pray for a perfect state of health and longevity.
  • Kakizome Performance 2019

    I went to a Kakizome performance 2019 made by Mr Shuho Mori on 2nd of January 2019 held. This event is annually held at a deparment sore in Fukuoka city. Please take a look at some photos I took at the site.
  • Matcha from Hoshino, Yame

    We have started selling Matcha produced in Hoshino, Yame Fukuoka prefecture which is near our place. They are blessed with pure water and moderate climate and fertile lands. Based on these conditions, they grow high quality of tea leaves and Matcha naturally.Please try to taste their Matcha at this opportunity.We deal with other brand of Matcha depend on your requests. Please feel free to ask us any time.
  • New Item Urushi Tea Bowl Released By Mr Kasho Yoshita

    A couple of Urushi-nuri (lacquered) tea bowls are released this summer which are made by a well known Makie artist, Mr Kasho Yoshita (1940-) who lives in Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture. The size of the tea bowls are 11.5cmx7.0cm. They are easy to handle because of their weight and have long durabilities. It is US$800.00 and in mint condition. kanshistu


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    A Short History of Japanese Green Tea

    The origin of tea plant was in Yunnan Province, China. They ate tea leaves as a medicine at that time. It was a long time ago before tea became a popular drink. Tea plant was brought to Japan by Japanese Buddhist monks in Heian period (794-1185). Ordinally people in Japan began to drink tea much later in Kamakura period (1192-1333) with the new way of drinking which was known as the Matcha style that was brought also from China by Eisai(1141-1215), the founder of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. In Muromachi period(1392- 1568), the tea ceremony gatherings became more popular, paticularly among the warrior class when Japanese traditional tea ceremony (Cha-no-yu) officially began.


    Various kinds of Japanese green tea

    There are roughly 5 kinds of green tea such as Matcha, Gyoruko,Sencya, Hojicya and Genmai cha depending upon how it is grown. The manufacturing process is aslo different.


    The utensils to be prepared for a tea ceremony

    img Nowadays, in a tea ceremony, Matcha (powdered tea) is normally used, not dry leaf tea and therefore when it comes to a tea ceremony here, it stands for Matcha tea ceremony. Bacially, the following utensils are to be used for a formal tea ceremony; Tea bowl, water jug, kettle&braizer,water basin, water ladler, tea scoop, tea caddy, tea whisk and tea cloth. However, in order to simplify such preparations, we have “Bonryaku Temae”(simplified tea ceremony) which has been popular among people who enjoy a tea ceremony. It needs only a tea bowl, a water jug,a tea scoop,a tea whisk,a tea caddy and a tea cloth on a tray, so that tea can be made to enjoy so easily. (you may be able to skip using a water jug and a tea caddy and use other vessels instead.)


    A Short history of Japanese pottery

    img It was the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603) in which the original Japanese pottery had been developed drastically with its beauty. Lots of original Japanese pottery incluing tea bowls were born in this period. It was kind of an explosion of creativity in the hisotry of the Japanese pottery as an art in the sense that the designs of the pottery in this period were obviously diffrent from the pottery made before Azuchi-Momoyama period. In fact, they were influenced much by the techniques brought from China and Korea into Japan before that time.


    FAQ about Japanese tea ceremony


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    Recommended Sushi Bar

    img There are many Sushi bars here in Fukuoka but we have one very good Sushi bar called Sushiman which is a local Sushi bar we often go to near us. He serves very tasteful Sushi pieces for us and we would like you to try once if you have a chance.




    Let’s enjoy a tea ceremony at your home!

    How to make and drink matcha tea? It is so simple. Just try a “Bonryaku -Temae”. It must be much easier than you expect!


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