Waterfalls at Portland Japanese Garden

It has been an amazing year!

It has been a year since Jugetsudo teas became available at Portland Japanese Garden. The Umami Cafe has been serving our teas with locally sourced sweets!
Read more: Portland Monthly Magazine article


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 says, “サクラサク Sakura saku—cherry blossoms are blooming.”
For those who were not accepted, the message was, “サクラチル Sakura chiru—cherry blossoms are falling.”
Even such telegrams for test results are poetic in Japan!

Sakura Sencha


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. The right side means a woman wearing a necklace made of sea shells.

With the tree on the left side, this kanji means a tree that bears fruits that look like the beads on a necklace; cherries! Poetic, isn’t it?

In Japanese, sakura means cherry plant. When talking about the cherry fruit, you would say sakuranbo.

Our sakura sencha is flavored with the petals of cherry blossoms. It has a subtle fruity flavor with a touch of natural sweetness, and now is the perfect time to enjoy it.

Sakura Sencha

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


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