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Tea Interesting Proverbs and Common Sense Related to Tea

 Tea has been cherished by Japanese people for centuries, as proven by the proverbs and rich variety of teas in Japan. Here are some interesting proverbs and common sense tips related to tea that will help you enjoy it even more.

Japanese Proverbs About Tea

Japanese proverbs are filled with the country's wisdom and lessons. Today, we will introduce some of the proverbs that came about from people enjoying tea!

"Good tea cup"

If you want the best results, choose high-quality tea without worrying about price or effort.

"Tea child Saisai"

This proverb is the same as "that's a piece of cake" in English.

"Short stomach is temporary"

This proverb suggests that even a limited amount of food can provide momentary satisfaction.

"Boil tea with navel"

The proverb "it's funny and can't be helped" is derived from how a stomach bulges when someone laughs, which is likened to the boiling of water in a tea kettle.

"It is auspicious when tea pillars stand"

Tea stalks are considered good luck, and it is said that if you share this information with somebody, your fortune will change. So instead, it's best to keep the news to yourself and simply swallow the tea stalk.

"Morning tea brings more luck"

Many people believe that drinking tea in the morning is good for health, warding off misfortune and inviting good fortune.

 

How is the type of tea determined?

Many types of tea exist, all brewed with different kinds of leaves. For example, black and oolong teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Even though they have the same source, they taste distinct because of how they're processed.

Sencha

Out of all the teas consumed in Japan, Sencha is by far the most popular. The leaves are steamed to stop fermentation, kneaded into shape, and then dried. Fukamushicha is a type of sencha that is steamed for two to three times longer than usual. It has a deep color and robust flavor.

Gyokuro

It is a high-quality tea that is grown in conditions where it does not receive direct sunlight for about three weeks after the sprouts begin to grow. This lack of exposure gives Gyokuro its trademark low bitterness and astringency, as well as a strong umami flavor.

Matcha

Tencha is made by drying steamed tea leaves, avoiding any kneading of the leaves. To create Tencha, stone mills or fine grinders pulverize the dried leaves.

Guricha (Tamaryokucha)

The name 'Guricha' was originally used in the Izu region because there is no process called "pre-rolling" to straighten the tea leaves. Consequently, the finished tea has a rounded shape and less bitterness and astringency.

Rosted green tea

A tea that tastes fragrant by roasting tea leaves over high heat. It has low caffeine and tannin content, making it refreshing to drink.

By changing the cultivation and manufacturing processes slightly, tea with a range of flavors can be produced. There is also "Kukicha'', which uses the stalks of tea leaves, and "Genmaicha'', which has roasted rice added to it.

Tea is widely beloved by many Japanese people. It has a long and rich history, with many different varieties. The proverbs created by the people who have enjoyed tea over the years reflect the wisdom of Japanese culture. If you want to enjoy tea even more, it's helpful to learn about the different types and how they are brewed. With so many delicious options available, you're sure to find one (or several!) that suit your taste.