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Did You Know That Tokugawa Ieyasu Loved Green Tea Too?

Chiltea tokyo | Nov 25, 2018 | Contents |

Green tea has been ingrained in the Japanese culture for many centuries. From elaborate tea ceremonies to traditional desserts, green tea is undeniably its centerpiece. Even today, the culture of drinking green tea is inseparable from the everyday lives of the Japanese. In fact, every meal is commonly accompanied by a cup of fresh green tea instead of water.

But did you know that green tea used to be an exclusive drink? Green tea was first introduced over a thousand years ago by a couple of Japanese monks. These monks had been studying Buddhism in China and there, they discovered the health benefits of tea drinking. And so they decided to introduce this drink to their countrymen as well upon reaching home.

The tea was widely accepted by a lot of people during this time. But for a while, only religious groups were drinking green tea. However, as tea cultivation began to prosper in Japan, even royal families and the elite started enjoying the healthy drink as well.

Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Favorite Cup of Tea

Among the list of royalties who enjoyed drinking green tea at the time was Tokugawa Ieyasu. Tokugawa Ieyasu is popularly known as the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. He is also regarded as one of the three great unifiers of Japan. Who would have thought that even a person with such power and nobility would enjoy a cup of green tea?

But here’s something most people did not know: Tokugawa Ieyasu’s favorite cup of tea wasn’t just any other kind of green tea.

About Shizuoka Green Tea

Japan has about twenty different types of green tea. And although tea is grown all throughout Japan, the areas that are most popular for tea production are Shizuoka, Kagoshima, and Uji. Unsurprisingly, Tokugawa Ieyasu had good taste. His favorite green tea came all the way from Shizuoka, just like the tea that we have in-store.

Located in Central Japan, Shizuoka is a mountainous area with a large expanse of land dedicated to tea cultivation. But even with the close competition between Kagoshima and Uji, Shizuoka has been hailed as the green tea capital of Japan.

Although there are a lot of green tea brands being produced today, nothing beats the classic tea leaves from Shizuoka.

Because of the area’s warmer climate, Shizuoka has the perfect weather conditions for growing tea leaves compared to other nearby regions. But the production of high-quality tea doesn’t just end with a favorable climate. A lot of time is also spent on meticulous observation and picking, reassuring that every pack would only contain premium grade tea leaves.

Perhaps these were the very reasons why Tokugawa Ieyasu favored Shizuoka green tea. 

Why Don’t You Give It a Try?

Don’t just listen to anyone’s opinion. Instead, why not take the recommendation of someone with lots of authority and reputable status? Someone like Tokugawa Ieyasu, perhaps? It’s not every day that you encounter a good review from someone historical.

As they say, a lot can be learned from history. And if Tokugawa Ieyasu says that green tea from Shizuoka is good, it might pay off to actually listen. Have a cup of green tea from Shizuoka and perhaps you’ll understand why its premium taste withstood the test of time.