Green tea is a popular drink enjoyed by many around the world. The subtleness of the tea leaves allows for a lingering energy that will last throughout the day. However, many people don’t see the life or history behind the box that they pick up at the grocery store. Green tea has a rich history and cultural heritage in many Asian countries, particularly in Japan. Green tea is often seen in anime too because of its popularity in Japan. Today we will explore the history behind green tea, how it is made, and its cultural meaning in Japan.
Green Tea in Japan
Many kinds of tea are popular in Japan and are grown throughout the country. The most popular regions for green tea are Shizouka, Kagoshima and Uji and each region has a different flavor that it is known for. As with all teas, there are also distinctions in the types of green tea. There are many types of green tea including matcha, sencha and fukamushicha though there are many other varieties produced throughout Japan. Each variety has a distinctive flavor that allows it to be very different from each other tea in its class. Green tea can be enjoyed for almost any occasion and have a flavor profile to match. Known for its healing properties, it is no wonder that green tea is so popular in Japan. First introduced by traveling monks from China, the origin of green tea in Japan began during the Nara and Heian periods. This led to a transformation of culture that was incredibly tea-centric. It brought together all classes by the shared consumption. The tea plant, known as Camellia Sinensis, is a plant that also produces black tea however it is cultivated very differently in order to achieve its unique flavor. The process was quickly mastered after the tea was brought over and is now the most consumed beverage in Japan.
Green Tea in Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Souma)
We see green tea displayed in a variety of scenes in Shokugeki no Souma. One of the latest and most important scenes that we see it in is the battle between Terunori Kuga and the first seat, Eishi Tsukasa in Hokkaido. They choose green tea as the topic and we are able to not only see it as a drink but also how it can be incorporated into different cuisines. The tastiness of green tea in relation to food is not exaggerated and can be seen not only in Shokugeki no Souma, but in dishes from around the world.
Green tea is an incredibly popular drink throughout Japan and is widely known across the globe. It can be used in cooking as well as a drink that is both invigorating and refreshing. The different varieties of green tea are a perfect way to enjoy the tea without getting tired of it as we are provided with almost endless options and flavor notes. This amazing beverage is one that will never leave you disappointed and will leave a lingering energy that is unique and delicious.
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