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Morning Tea Brings You Fortune…

We are often asked why Jugetsudo’s sencha has the word “asa” on its packaging. “Asa” means morning in Japanese, and it is believed in Japan that a cup of green tea in the morning brings you good fortune. There is even a saying that goes, “Go back home to have morning tea despite the seventeen […]

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All Teas are from the same plant…

Camellia is blooming now. In Japan, there are two kinds of camellia –sazanka 山茶花 and Tsubaki 椿。They look quite similar, so it’s hard to distinguish. They are both used for flower arrangements 茶花 at the traditional tea ceremony.  Rikyu 利休, who perfected the Japnaese tea ceremony in the 16th century, said the flower arrangements at the ceremonies should look natural, as if they […]

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When in Tokyo…

Here is the video of our cool mother ship in Tokyo! When you have a chance to visit Tokyo, never miss this place and try the tea ceremony experience! And LIVE JAPAN PERFECT GUIDE is a great website to know about Japan’s sightseeing spots, activities, food and shops, etc. Check it out when you are […]

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The Winter Solstice

December 21st is the winter solstice, a day with the longest night hours of the year. The winter solstice is a day that is observed widely in Japan on the 22nd of December. The solstice, commonly referred to as “To-ji”, is celebrated by taking hot baths with yuzu citruses and eating dishes containing pumpkin. These […]

Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art at PAM

Tea Tasting at Portland Art Museum

We are going to have another tasting event on Saturday, November 17th, 11am-3pm at Portland Art Museum. That day happens to be Miller Family Free Day! Yes, free admission! There will be calligraphy and ikebana demonstrations, music performances and more! You can taste our organic green tea: sencha (classic green tea), genmaicha (green tea with […]

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Jugetsudo Teas at Portland Art Museum

Portland Art Museum (PAM) is now exhibiting Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art through January. Cool ink paintings and calligraphy from 16th-18th century are on view. Jugetsudo teas are now available at PAM cafe and gift shop. We are offering tea tastings on the following weekends: 10/20 (Sat) 11am-3pm 10/26 (Fri) 5-8pm 11/17(Sat) 11am-3pm 1/12 (Sat) […]

World tea expo at Las Vegas Convention Center

Jugetsudo was at World Tea Expo!

We had fun at the World Tea Expo 2018 in Las Vegas last week. Outside was over 100F, but inside of the convention center was nice and cool—-perfect to sample hot green tea! We met a lot of tea lovers and Ricardo Caicedo was among them. Ricardo is a tea blogger and in fact he […]

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Anko Crumpets

Today’s oyatsu (snack) is an anko crumpet! A crumpet is a small griddle cake originated in England. The outside is crispy and crunchy and the inside is soft and chewy. The flat top has pores–perfect for butter to permeate. Scrumptious Crumpet in southeast Portland makes great crumpets! We put butter (lots of), anko (redbean paste), […]

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Cherry Blossoms

In Japan, the new school year starts in April. In March, students would know the result of their college entrance exam. In olden days, when there was no internet nor telephones, there was a service of telegramming the entrance exam result to applicants who lived farther away. The accepted ones would receive a telegram that […]

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Sakura Sencha

Cherry blossom is sakura in Japanese. In kanji, it is written as 桜. This is the simplified version of the kanji, and the traditional kanji was櫻. In this original version, the left side 木, is a tree, and the upper right is two 貝, which is sea shell. The right bottom 女 is a woman. […]