Obukucha is sencha tea with ume (Japanese plum) and musubi-kombu (knotted kelp). In the Kansai region it is drunk at New Year's celebration.
History of Obukucha
In 951, there was an epidemic in the region, and a priest named Kuya offered tea with ume to those suffering from the disease helping to decrease the severity of the epidemic. Soon after this incident, it is said that Emperor Murakami drank this tea at New Year's; and because the emperor drank this tea, it was named kofuku-cha 皇服茶 (ko 皇 meaning emperor, fuku 服 meaning to drink). The word 'kofuku 幸福' also means happiness or good luck and that is where the name obukucha 大福茶 (o 大 meaning big, fuku 福 meaning luck) comes from.
This specific tea has gold powder (edible gold flakes), a perfect cup of tea to be served at celebratory occasions such as New Years or birthdays.
- Name: Obukucha with Gold Powder
- Japanese name: 金粉入り大福茶
- Ingredients: sencha tea leaves, genmai (brown rice), black soybean, white beans, matcha, sliced kelp, edible gold flakes
- Net Weight: 45 grams
- Name: Yamane-en Tea Shop, a small tea shop in Tokyo operated by the Shiobara family.
- Location: 3-34-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
- Established: About 60 years ago.
Yamane-en is a family-operated tea shop based near Sugamo Station on the Yamanote Loop Line in Tokyo and run by tea master Michio Shiobara. With 40 years of experience in the Japanese tea industry behind him, Shiobara-san offers unique teas sourced from small villages throughout Japan as well as a number of tisanes popular in Japan for their health benefits.
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