Japanese tea ceremony. Woman places her hand on the bamboo scoop that is resting on the container of ceremonial matcha tea.

               Teas of Japan

The teas and tea culture of Japan are fascinating and have attracted many tea-curious sippers to learn more. Hundreds of articles by T Ching writers can help guide your search to know more. 

What is Chabanare?

What is Chabanare?

Chabanare may be a "tea" word that you've never heard before. In Japanese, there is a word meaning the decline of love for Japanese tea. Is there reduced demand for Japanese tea? What might increase interest in fine Japanese tea in the future?There are more than a...

Kyobancha, the Winter Warmer

Kyobancha, the Winter Warmer

Return to T Ching Classics: Winter Tea There’s nothing like the smell of a wood-burning open fire in the dead of winter to make you feel warm and cozy.  But if you don’t have a real fireplace, there’s another way to snuggle up! A fairly unfamiliar Japanese tea called...

The Black Belt Chazutsu Masters

The Black Belt Chazutsu Masters

Maturity, proficiency, dedication, accuracy, determination, sweat, skill, reward: this is what a black belt in martial arts signifies. I’ve seen these same characteristics in a tea caddy maker in Kyoto.