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  • History of Hojicha, One of Japan's Favorite Teas

    History of Hojicha, One of Japan's Favorite Teas

    Today, we touch on the history of hojicha, which in comparison to the other Japanese teas out there, is relatively new.  Hojicha making started in the 1920’s, during Japan’s early...

  • History behind the Japanese side-handled kyusu

    History behind the Japanese side-handled kyusu

    If you’re familiar with the Japanese teapot “kyusu”, you’ve probably noticed it has its’ handle to the side at a 90 degree angle instead of to the back like most...

  • Tea Ceremony Politics - Yunomi.life

    Tea Ceremony Politics

    The history of the Japanese tea ceremony (Chado or Chanoyu) is too often told without the sociopolitical context that was essential to its popularity as it took hold in the...

  • In Celebration: Japanese Tea Day - Yunomi.life

    In Celebration: Japanese Tea Day

    Ohayo! Genki-desuka? (Good morning! How are you?) Can you believe it’s the end of October? As the temperatures drop, leaves change colors and we dance with falling leaves, I find...

  • Mugicha, the Flavor of Summer in Japan - Yunomi.life

    Mugicha, the Flavor of Summer in Japan

    Hello, it's summer time!  I hope you are all enjoying the longer days and more light, enjoying the flowers and their pollinators around this time of year. In my last...

  • Tea History Shines into the Future - Yunomi.life

    Tea History Shines into the Future

    This blog post was written by guest Jimmy Burridge, who also wrote an earlier piece on tea and climate change. While his plant research has more to do with beans and seeds,...