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Tsuen Tea House - the oldest teahouse in the world

Glopinion by Loredana Grosu - Dec 2, 2013

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Tsuen tea shop in Uji is located in the same place since 1160. In the eight centuries, Tsuen family prepared tea for millions of travelers, noble samurai and shogun. Generation with number 23 and 24 ensures continuity in the Internet era.

Tsuen Tea House - the oldest teahouse in the world

Take Action: Tea can be drunk even room whose window stays open the River Uji, with dumplings and other traditional Japanese dishes. Same as 850 years ago.

Goal: "Tea soothes the spirit and harmonizes the mind, dispels fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness", says Chinese poet Lu Yu, known as one of the first "tea masters."


Japan leads without appeal the list of the oldest companies in the world still in operation. Of the top 10 business seven from tourism, construction or production of Japanese paper. In position 24, with a length of "only" 852 years old, its way oldest teahouse in the world, a store opened in 1160 near the oldest bridge in the Land of the Rising Sun (built in 647).

Uji tea shop in town is open for so long that the name Tsuen family who has put in business has its own dictionary definition. Kojien defines the noun with "tea master serving tea Uji river trips."

First Tsuen was a retired samurai and set in place that exists today tearoom. Uji Bridge was an important strategic objective between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, and Tsuen Masahisa was employed as a border guard, serving hot tea while passengers are in camp. 20 years later, the town was caught in the middle of a battle between two clans effects, Taira and Minamoto.

Samurai Minamoto troops joined but lost the fight and according to bushido code of honor and made ​​Harakiri with his master in a temple considered today a UNESCO monument. The family survived and continued Tsuen tea business in a period in which the drink was becoming increasingly popular among the samurai and monks. Currently, the store built in the XVII century is driven by the 23rd and 24th generation of the family Tsuen.

Ryotaro Tsuen charge of preparing and serving tea personally, just as they did ahead of 22 other generations of masters. In turn, Yusuke Tsuen, Ryotaro's son is ready to take dad's place when appropriate. Japanese habits of eating and drinking have changed radically in recent years, but the two look the future with confidence.

"Our house tea provides a moment of pleasure people for hundreds of years. So before anything else, the first thing we think about is how we can help customers enjoy a cup of green tea. "Said Ryotaro in Japanese magazine IHCS Cafe.

In the modern era Internet tearoom open multiple markets. Tsuen Tea can sell worldwide specifically Japanese teas, each with their own way of cooking a special taste.

"Matcha" is a green tea, dry grinder until it becomes an extremely fine powder. Japanese ceremony "chanoyu" serving, matcha tea is concentrated and involves preparing, serving and drinking this tea ritual.

Tsuen family cultivates a small portion of the land extremely easy to care for and kept in standards. Tea is carefully selected and picked by hand, so it has a special quality and taste very "soft" that does not require sweetening.

"Sencha" is the most popular Japanese tea. Prepare the infusion of dried chopped leaves and ripening. At the intertwining of the two is "Gyokyro" tea considered to be extremely valuable.

Before being collected, the tea leaves are kept in the shade for 20 days, in a manner similar to that used in the case of matcha. The process slows growth and triggers dark shade leaves produce amino acids.

In its final form, it looks like sencha tea. "Hojicha" is a special type of green tea because the leaves are baked in a porcelain bowl over hot coal, which they change color from green to red-brown shade.

 


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