tea ceremony

Tea Fest PDX!

News Flash: Jugetsudo is participating in the Tea Fest PDX again on Saturday, July 21 at World Forestry Center! It was fun last year, and this year is going to be even better! Mark your calendar!

Tea Fest PDX 2018

sakura sencha

Perfect Season to Enjoy Sakura Sencha

Japanese love sakura, or cherry blossoms. In early spring, a cherry blossom front (going from south to north as the temperature goes up) makes big news on TV, just like a weather forecast. People look forward to their blooming, cherish them in their peak, and grieve when they are gone.
In the early Heian period, in the ninth century, Ariwara no Narihira, a Japanese poet wrote, ”If there were no cherry blossoms in the world, how peaceful our spring minds would be.” Japanese have been loving cherry blossoms for centuries.
Sakura sencha was created from our love for cherry blossoms. We added cherry blossom petals in our premium green tea. It is fruity and naturally sweet and now is the perfect season to enjoy it.

Sakura Sencha

Hinamatsuri dolls, organic tea


Hinamatsuri is a traditional celebratory day on Saturday, March 3rd in Japan. It is a day to celebrate the girls of a Japanese family. Hinamatsuri is celebrated with two small dolls, usually in a sitting position adorning traditional Japanese garments. Hinamatsuri dolls are to be set out a few days before March 3rd, but should be put away the day after or as soon as possible because it is believed that girls who do not put away their dolls directly after the celebration will not have a chance to be married in their prime when they grow up. (This superstition is a bit hard to believe nowadays, though!) On a girl’s first hinamatsuri, she usually receives the dolls from her family. This was somewhat of an honor for girls back in the olden days, because the dolls were fairly expensive due to the fine materials that made them so beautiful. There is also a day for boys as well, which is on May 5th, but on hinamatsuri, the boys and men of the household are catering and respectful to the women and girls.

Celebrate hinamatsuri with your family with Jugetsudo’s Sukura Sencha!

Sakura Sencha

Kabuki-za Tea Shop designed by Kengo Kuma

Next, Tokyo!

The 2018 Winter Olympics are now over, and the next is 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo!

The main stadium of the Tokyo Olympics is designed by world-renowned architect, Kengo Kuma. In an interview, he said the old stadium from the previous Tokyo Olympics in 1964 was his inspiration to become an architect. As a young boy, he was moved by the beauty of the stadium, designed by Kenzo Tange and that was his motivation to become an architect.

Kengo Kuma also designed Jugetsudo’s tea houses in Paris and in Tokyo. For the Kabuki-za tea shop, more than three thousand bamboos were used to create a Zen-like, serene atmosphere.

Mr. Kuma’s work can also be found at Portland Japanese Garden. He designed three buildings in the Cultural Village, including Umami Café, where you can enjoy Jugetsudo teas.

Can’t wait for the Tokyo Olympics and the new stadium!

Umami Café
Jugetsudo Tea Shops

Mecha toddy at Bible Club

Mecha Hot Toddy

It’s winter and everybody is drinking hot toddies to get warm, to nurse a cold and…well, just to enjoy the great tasting wintry drink.
Jessica Braasch at Bible Club PDX made an awesome hot toddy using Jugetsudo mecha, umami packed green tea.
It’s warm, smooth and sweet, and it is also very relaxing.
The atmosphere of Bible Club also helps you to relax. The bar is a recreation of a 1920s-era speakeasy. All the décor is antique from the era. You may feel as if you have traveled back in time. A very fun place to hang out with friends!

Bible Club
6716 SE 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
971 279-2198

Thank you, Jessica!

Mecha Hot Toddy
  • 1.5 oz Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Blended Scotch Whisky. (or any mild, unpeated blended scotch)
  • .5 oz Vanilla honey*
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 mecha tea bag.
  • 4 oz hot water
  1. Steep mecha in the hot water for 2 minutes.
  2. While brewing the tea, warm your mug or glass with hot water.
  3. When the mug is warm, damp the water and pour the liquir, vanilla honey, lemonjuice and the tea.
  4. Stir and garnish with a thin slice of lemon.
  5. *Vanilla Honey Recipe
  6. Combine ¼ cup clover honey and ¼ cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the honey melts into the water. Allow to cool and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir until blended thoroughly. Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.
matcha at Portland Japanese Garden

Tea Time at Portland Japanese Garden

Umami Café at the Portland Japanese Garden now serves Jugetsudo tea along with locally made Japanese confections.
Frothy matcha is light and yet rich in taste—almost creamy. It tastes even better when it is paired with Japanese sweets like the spring shibori (a traditional Japanese sweet of red and white bean paste). The sweetness of the confection and the intense and rich flavor of matcha go together very well.
Genmaicha comes with a manju. Genmaicha is green tea with roasted brown rice. It has a unique earthy flavor and it goes well with the sweetness of red bean paste, the inside of the manju. Don’t forget to admire the intricate pattern on the manju before you eat it!
There was a sign of spring in the garden. Why don’t you visit the Portland Japanese Garden, the most authentic Japanese garden outside Japan, to experience the early spring?

Portland Japanese Garden
Umami Café


Our shipment is delivered by USPS. Thank you!

Thank a Mailman Day!

Today is Thank a Mailman Day!
Our shipments are delivered by USPS.
Thank you, Postal Office Workers!

Yuzu sencha at Toiro

Hello, Los Angeles!

Hello, Los Angeles!
Jugetsudo teas are now available at Toiro Kitchen and Supply (Iga-Yaki Donabe, Japanese artisanal kitchen tools, tableware and more) in West Hollywood. If you happen to be in the area, visit this great store!
Thank you Toiro-san!

1257 N La Brea Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038
Phone: 323.380.5052
Shop Hours:Tues – Sun 11am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays

eho maki

Eho-Maki (good fortune sushi roll)

Setsubun, the beginning of spring in Japan was February 3rd this year.
On the day of setsubun, Japanese eat eho-maki (thick sushi rolls).
Eho is the good fortune direction and it varies every year. This year’s eho is south-southeast.
We eat the thick sushi roll which preferably contains seven ingredients, facing eho (this year, south-southeast).
The roll should not be sliced. Slicing the rolls means slicing good luck.
And we eat it in complete silence.
It is said that if you talked while eating the roll, your good luck would fly away.
You should remain silent, thinking about your wish.
Happy setsubun!

setsubun mame


Setsubun (節分), a traditional event marking the beginning of spring, usually falls on February third or fourth, according to the Japanese lunar calendar.
Japanese celebrate setsubun in many ways depending on the regions, and the bean throwing is one of the common ones.
We throw roasted soy beans around our houses, shouting, “”Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” (“Devils out, Luck in!”)
Sometimes, someone in the family (usually the father) wears a devil’s mask and the rest of the family members throw the beans to “the devil” to scare him away.
And we eat the number of beans, which corresponds to our age for good luck and health.
To make roasted soybeans, soak the beans in boiling hot water for three hours. Drain for one hour and roast them in a pan with low heat for half an hour. You can roast the drained beans in the oven of 320 F for forty minutes.
With the roasted beans, hojicha, roasted green tea would be a perfect match.
Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!

Hojicha in a Tin
Hojicha teabags