PICT0031, JimG944, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Uji City, Japan
JimG944 as guest of honor at a Japanese Tea Ceremony in Uji City, Japan.
Uji and Green Tea
Tea, introduced into Japan by the Chinese priest Eisai at the end of the 12th century, became closely associated with Japanese life, thus forming a unique culture. It was first planted in Uji at the beginning of the 13th century. Afterwards, Uji began to develop as Japan's representative tea-producting district under the patronage of the shogunate and men of influence. Today, Uji green tea represents both Uji's culture and industry. The municipal tea house, Taihoan consists of a main tea-ceremony room, another tea-ceremony room using tables and chairs plus a tea ceremony hall which is a wooden house built tastefully in Japan's traditional “Sukiya-Zukuri” style.