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John F. Ashburne

John F. Ashburne
Editor-in-Chief Foodies Go Local

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Japanese Tea Ceremony - Zen Beyonce And Back - Foodies Go ...

No one can dispute the influence of sado, the ‘way of tea’, or cha-no-yu ‘tea hot water’ on Japan’s spiritual, artistic, cultural and social heritage. Trying to explain it in several hundred words is, as the sages might say, 'like hammering nails into tofu'. That is to say, muri! Impossible. But here's a try.

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Health Benefits of Green Tea

As Japanese green tea products fly off the shelves, in supplements, health products, toothpastes and shampoos, soft drinks and, naturally, in its pure leaf and powder forms, a multi-million dollar 21st-Century global health industry has taken Japan's favorite beverage to heart.

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Zen and the Art of Green Tea

The heart of Tea and the essence of Zen are one So reads the poster depicting a serene shaven-headed Zen monk practicing the tea ceremony at Shoden Eigen-in temple in the Gion district of Kyoto. Just streets away is the tourist chaos that is Hanami-koji street, with its shouting traffic police, speeding taxis and endlessly chattering tourists clad in rental kimono, scurrying to the next must-see d...

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Matcha, Bancha, Hoji Tea, Kaga Bocha, and More

The expensive powdered form used in the tea ceremony, and added as a flavoring to everything from ice cream to parfaits to Kit Kat bars, is matcha, sometimes termed hiki-cha. However, the common tea of choice for daily drinking is bancha, a coarse tea, invariably drunk hot, and often served free of change in restaurants. It is drunk to quench thirst, is inexpensive, and is made from larger, older ...

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Japanese Tea Ceremony - Zen, Beyonce And Back - Foodies Go...

No one can dispute the influence of sado, the ‘way of tea’, or cha-no-yu ‘tea hot water’ on Japan’s spiritual, artistic, cultural and social heritage. Trying to explain it in several hundred words is, as the sages might say, 'like hammering nails into tofu'. That is to say, muri! Impossible. But here's a try.

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Hakutsuru Sake Company: The Triumph of the Phoenix of Nada

The Beginning 274 years ago, a humble lumber merchant in the Nada district of Hyogo, not far from the port city of Kobe, made an important career decision. He decided to brew sake. His name was Jihei Kano. Two and a half centuries later on a beautiful sunny Spring morning FGL met with his direct descendant, Mr. Kenji Kano, current CEO of Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Company, Ltd at the company's headqua...

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Mitobe Shuzo Part 2: From Paddy To Brewery To The Glass

At the brewery, Mitobe Shuzo boss Toshinobu Mitobe explains his decision to cultivate rice themselves, and why he still chooses to use other rice varieties to make his quality small-batch sakes. “Growing our own rice means we can focus on quality over quantity, and since each rice paddy has its own unique characteristics – how much sunlight it receives, the temperature gap between the morning an n...

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Ocha Green Tea: An Introduction to the 'Efficacious Leaves...

For many, tea conjures up images of Typhoo and Lipton, a British stiff upper lip and a Boston punch-up that got nicely euphemized into a ‘party’. But Japan’s love affair with tea, the green variety, ocha that is, dates back to its introduction from China, although no one can really agree when that was. Some suggest the Nara period (710 AD to 794 AD), while another source credits the introduction t...

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Drinking in Japan: An Introduction. On Izakaya and Red-Fac...

Whether you’re drinking the locally brewed beer of Hokkaido, the fine sakes of Kyoto and Hyogo, or the grain liquor shochu of Kyushu and the awamori firewater of Okinawa, the party will no doubt be hopping.

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Cha-no-yu Part 2: The Tea Ceremony. Harmony, Respect And B...

The Tea Ceremony is nothing more than boiling water, steeping tea, and drinking it. Thus spoke the great patriarch of all that is tea, 16th-Century tea master, Sen-no-Rikyu, and his word is both lore and law. Rikyu, and his adherents over the centuries, believe that a tea ceremony, unlike the aforementioned avant-garde Beyoncé-inspired version, must be infused with wakeiseijaku – harmony, respect,...

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Cha-kaiseki: Fine Dining for the Tea Ceremony

No, it's not a mere accompaniment to a cuppa, but you knew that, didn't you? Cha-kaiseki ryori is the name given to the strictly formalised, painstakingly and artistically crafted cuisine, that is served at a chaji tea function in advance of the tea itself. Cha-kaiseki, as it is commonly called, is the precursor to the more widespread general kaiseki cuisine that is typical of formal dining outsid...

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A Brief Introduction to Sake 1: From Cradle To Grave

From the first visit to a Shinto shrine at one month old, to the Buddhist funeral rites, the Japanese are accompanied by sake, also known as nihonshu. Its place in religious life comes from its associations with rice – the food of the gods – and its symbolic purity. Sake is consumed at every major rite-of-passage in a Japanese person’s life.

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