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national tin can day

Happy National Tin Can Day!

The tin can was invented in the early 1800’s in Europe.
Funny thing is…the can opener wasn’t invented until 1858. For almost half a century, people hacked, chopped and chiseled to open the cans!
Jugetsudo’s tin cans are easy to open and there is an inner lid to keep the tea fresh!
Sencha in a Tin
Genmaicha in a Tin
Hojicha in a Tin

new year's resolution#4

New Year’s Resolution #4

New Year’s Resolution #4: Look for quality rather than quantity. The price of a good product most likely reflects its quality. Treat yourself with high grade tea!

Happy 2018!

happy national hot tea day

Happy National Hot Tea Day!

January 12th is National Hot Tea Day.
Let’s celebrate with a nice cup of hot green tea. Cheers!

new year's resolution #3

New Year’s Resolution #3

Start a new habit of drinking green tea rather than sweetened drinks. Green tea has lots of health benefits and boosting your metabolism is one of them. It doesn’t happen in one day. Drink tea every day!
Happy 2018!

new year's resolution #2

New Year’s Resolution #2

Take a moment and make some tea. Slowly and carefully. Relax and enjoy the flavorful tea. Happy 2018!

new year's resolution#1

New Year’s Resolution #1

Get a thermos so that you can make tea and bring it with you everywhere you go. Happy 2018!

Let's celebrate new year with Jugetsudo matcha!

Happy New Year!

May 2018 be a good year for you all!

matcha bowl

Matcha Bowls

Matcha bowls, or chawan, are beautifully decorated bowls that are used to make matcha.

Four seasons play a big role in Japanese culture and matcha bowls are no exception. In summer, you should choose a chawan that looks cool and in winter, a warm looking one.

If the bowl has a flower pattern on it, you should be careful when to use it. You should not use a bowl with a flower that is out of season. For example, a bowl with cherry blossoms should not be used in summer or a bowl with fall foliage in spring. Also, you should avoid using it right in the full bloom season. Japanese believe that the flower pattern on the bowl cannot compete the beauty of the real flower. It is always a good idea to use chawan with flowers that are just a bit ahead of season. The same applies to patterns of kimono.

There are lots of written/unwritten rules like this in Japanese culture. It can be too much or unreasonable sometimes, but trying to enjoy and understand them is valuable. The rules like these are what make Japanese culture rich, complex and interesting.
Matcha Fuji no Haru–Ceremonial Grade

Matcha mochiko cake is a great fit for gluten intolerant folks

Matcha Mochi Cake

Matcha Mochiko Cake
 
Mochiko is sweet rice flour. The cake made with mochiko has a unique mochi-like texture. Great fit for gluten intolerant folks. Find the mochiko and red bean paste at Asian grocers.
Ingredients
  • ½ lb mochi flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon matcha
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ lb red bean paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven for 350°F. In a bowl, mix the mochi flour, baking powder and matcha powder
  2. In another bowl, beat the eggs with electric mixer for about two minutes
  3. To the eggs, add the milk and vegetable oil and mix well. Add the sugar and the flour mixture and mix until smooth, using the electric mixer
  4. Pour the batter into an about 8" x 10"cake pan. Drop the red bean paste here and there. The batter should cover the red bean paste
  5. Bake for 50 minutes
Organic Matcha–culinary grade, unsweetened

shiwasu december

Shiwasu 師走

In Japanese, each month has an ancient name and December is called “shiwasu=師走.” The first letter 師 means “monk, teacher and master” and the second letter 走 means “to run.”
In ancient Japan, the monks and teachers were highly ranked and admired by regular people. Usually, they would be wise, calm and serene.
But toward the end of the year, everybody becomes busy. The monks and teachers are no exceptions. So the anciant people in Japan named the last month of the year “shiwasu,” that means even the masters would run.
Now we are near the end of shiwasu. Everyone must be busy, running around! Take a moment to make some tea and relax!