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sencha with camellia

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 are in the nature. The tea ceremony is not just about matcha tea, but is also about ikebana 生け花, shodo 書道(Japanese calligraphy), pottery and so on. The tea master emphasized simplicity in every aspect of the tea ceremony.

Japanese people never choose camellia flowers as souvenirs when they visit to a sick person. The reason is that camellia flowers (especially Tsubaki cultivar) tend to drop off abruptly rather than the petals falling one by one. It looks as if heads are falling off and people find it ominous.

Did you know that the tea plant is the same species as the camellias?  The tea plant ’s binominal name is camellia sinensis. All the teas—black tea, green tea, white tea, matcha—are made from this plant. The difference in the end products come from how they are processed.

Enjoy teas while camellias are in full bloom!

 

 

jugetsudo ginza kabukiza

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 planning your trip to Japan!
Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza

matcha latte

Matcha Latte

Wake up with a cup of warm matcha latte on a chilly morning.
Jugetsudo’s matcha doux is sweetened with organic sugar so it’s super easy to use!

One of our customers once said that the caffeine in coffee only keeps her energy level up for a bit, but then has less energy after drinking it. Matcha, on the other hand, keeps her going and able to focus for the rest of the day.

Matcha Latte
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp(10g) matcha doux (sweetened with organic sugar)
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ¾ cup warm milk
Instructions
  1. Place the matcha doux in a cup. Slowly whisk in hot water and whisk well with a small whisk.
  2. Pour in the milk.
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health benefits of matcha

Health Benefits of Matcha

Ever wondered about health benefits of matcha?
We found a good article at Dr. Oz’s website.
It’s a very good reading.
When you make a bowl of matcha, we’d recommend dissolve 1 teaspoon (not tablespoon) of matcha in 2 oz hot water.
Don’t forget to sift matcha powder to avoid lumps!
DR. Oz: Does Matcha Really Live Up to the Hype?
Matcha Fuji no Haru
Matcha Nature (Unsweetened)

yuzu sencha on the winter solstice

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 traditions are believed to have healing effects on the body, cleansing it of toxins and disease.

Have a cup of Jugetsudo’s yuzu sencha for good health on this year’s To-ji!
Yuzu Sencha Tin

2018 holiday bazaar

2018 Holiday Bazaar

<br/ >Jugetsudo is participating in the 2018 Holiday Bazaar at Food Innovation Center on Thursday, December 13th 5:00pm-7:30pm.
You can taste our premium Japanese green teas, such as organic sencha, organic genmaicha and organic hojicha! We are serving yuzu sencha and sakura sencha (green tea with cherry blossome petals), too!
Come to find unique holiday gifts!
Food Innovation Center

1207 NW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209
2018 Holiday Bazaar

tea time with hojicha latte

Tea Time with Hojicha Latte

Treat yourself to a nice cup of warm hojicha latte. It’s smoky and milky. Whole milk is our choice here since hojicha is light compared to black tea, but you can use your favorite–almond milk, soy milk…
Simple finger sandwiches are fun to make. For both egg salad and tuna salad, chopped onion is essential for the crunch and the kick. If you don’t like raw onion, you can skip it or substitute it with chopped celery (increase the amount of chopped celery for the tuna salad).

Another key is Japanese mayonnaise. It’s a little bit more sour compared to American ones. For the tuna salad, some ketchup is added for sweetness.

Invite your friends for a casual afternoon tea!

 

Hojicha Latte (2 servings):

  • 2cups whole milk
  • 3-4 tea spoons loose leaf hojicha (or 2 teabags)
  • sugar to taste

Directions:

  1. In a small pan, pour milk and put the hojicha leaves
  2. Heat the milk over medium heat, covered. Just before a boil, turn down the heat to low and let it simmer gently for 4-5 minutes
  3. Add sugar to taste and remove from heat. Strain into cups

Egg Salad Sandwiches (2 servings):

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Table spoon chopped onions
  • 1 Table spoon nonpareil capers, drained
  • 2 Table spoons mayonnaise (preferably Japanese mayonnaise)
  • 1 tea spoon finely chopped parsley
  • 4 thin slices of bread

Directions:

  1. Gently put eggs in a small pan. Pour water to cover the eggs and put the pan over medium heat, covered.
  2. When the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let it sit for 7 minutes.
  3. Peal the eggs. Remove all the shell.
  4. In a small bowl, put the boiled eggs and with the back of a fork, smash the eggs into small pieces.
  5. Add onions and capers to the eggs. Add mayonnaise and parsley and mix.
  6. Put half of the egg mix onto a bread and put another bread on top. Do the same with another set of the bread.
  7. Stack the sandwiches and cut off the crust. Cut the sandwiches in four.

Tuna Sandwiches (2 servings)

  • 1 can of tuna in oil, 5 oz, drained
  •  1 Tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon mayonnaise (preferably Japanese mayonnaise)
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 4 thin slices of bread

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Put half of the tuna mix onto a bread and put another bread on top. Do the same with another set of the bread.
  3. Stack the sandwiches and cut off the crust. Cut the sandwiches in four.

 

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 roasted brown rice), hojicha (roasted green tea). You can also sample special flavored teas–yuzu sencha (green tea with yuzu citrus zest) and sakura sencha (green tea with cherry blossom petals).
Mark your calendar!


11/17(Sat) 11am-3pm
Portland Art Museum
(Museum Hour: 10am-5pm)
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205


Portland Art Museum

matcha 101

Matcha 101

Matcha is known for the Japanese traditional tea ceremony that strictly follows rules and rituals.
You can enjoy matcha more casually, but there are certain things you shouldn’t skip.
Here are the essential steps to a casual and yet nice bowl of matcha:

1) Preheat the bowl. Pour some hot water to the bowl, discard the water, and wipe the bowl.

2) Sift 1 teaspoon (1 1/2 chashaku, or 3g) of matcha into the bowl.

3) Pour 2oz (60 cc) hot water. Whisk vigorously with chasen (bamboo whisk) until the tea is frothy.

4) Enjoy your matcha straight from the bowl!

-Do not skip sifting! Matcha tends to clump together and sifting is the key to avoid lumps in your matcha. Wiping the bowl dry is also an important step to avoid lumps.
-If you don’t have a bamboo whisk, you can use a small milk frother.
-Have some sweets with matcha. Sweets and matcha compliment each other. When paired with small confections, matcha will taste better. Here, white chocolate chips are served.

Ceremonial Matcha Fuji no Haru

Portland Art Museum

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) 11am-3pm
Hope you can join us at PAM!
Portland Art Museum