Notice to Customers :

    Dear International Customers,

    First of all, we express our hertfelt sympathy to all of our friends have been suffered by these terrible Earthquake and Tsunami in Tohoku and also Kanto area.
    And we offer our hertfelt thanks for sending lots of get-well wishes and warm words to us.
    We want assure you that we keep trying to operate as usual in Shizuoka for you and for sufferes during these difficult time.

    Thank you very much again.

    from HAMASA-EN

    How to Make Good Tea

      Tea cups & Kyuusu

      One of the most important requirements for making good tea is ensuring that
      the water is at the right temperature.
      Boiling-temperature water should never be used – use hot water only.
      Infusing will take a little longer, but the “umami” (taste) is well worth it.
      High-temperature infusing ruins the taste of high quality teas
      by creating tannins, a component of bitter astringent tastes.

      If you would like to enjoy the real taste of tea, we recommend checking
      our link to “Key Points of Making Excellent Tea>>” from different varieties of tea leaves.

      The Japanese tea ceremony or the “Way of Tea” is an age-old Japanese custom. Focus on aesthetics and attention to detail creates a beautiful small scale harmony that is spiritual in nature.

      Tea colors every facet of Japanese life. It is customary to serve tea to guests as a sign of respect. So, besides contributing to good health, Japanese tea contributes to social harmony.



        Shizuoka city, located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, has the best climate for growing Japanese tea. Over 70% of Japanese tea is from Shizuoka. Since 1859, the year Yokohama harbor opened for foreign trade, export of Japanese tea has been steadily increasing. Increased demand has resulted in excellent quality control and consistency. Various new blends of tea are constantly being tested to satisfy different tastes throughout the world.

         Tea originated in China, and was introduced to Japan in the 12th century by the Zen master Eisai Buddha. Monks had been aware of the benefits and pleasures of green tea for centuries.

        A healthy mind in a healthy body: the virtues of Japanese tea

           Tea has no calories, but still contains hundreds of nutrients, including theanine, catechins, flavonoids, and vitamins.
           Because of modern lifestyles, people desperately need these healthful ingredients.
           Why not drink a delicious beverage that fights drowsiness and fatigue, increases metabolism, burns cholesterol,
          and protects you from cancer. And all this with no calories!

          Japanese tea: a natural drink in its own right.

             There are basically two ways of producing tea, depending on whether the leaves are roasted, and then fermented, or just steamed.Oolong tea is made from partly fermented leaves. Black tea is made from completely fermented and dried red leaves.However, to make green tea, fresh tea leaves are steamed immediately after being harvested in order to prevent the leaves from losing their color and their nutritional value. This is the most natural way of making tea. The result is a delicious tea and a natural medicine.

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