Green Tea in Japan

  • Yukiaki Kuroda
  • Yukihiko Hara


Although there is a theory that tea trees were originally grown in Japan, the green tea used at present by Japanese most probably comes from China Lu Yu, noted Chinese author and tea expert, who was regarded as a “tea god” or “tea ancestor”, published a book “Ch’a Ching” (Tea Classic) in A.D. 780. In this book, tea is described as a good tree in the Sough. A traditional ancestor of medicinal herbs, “Shen Nung”was referred to as the “Divine Healer” and lived around 2730 BC. He declared that“ drinking of tea gives you strength and imparts a relaxing feeling” The place where the tea tree originated may be located in Yunnan in South China.


Meiji Period Wicket Gate Transfer Class Divine Healer Heian Period 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yukiaki Kuroda
    • 1
  • Yukihiko Hara
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of GeneticsShizuokaJapan
  2. 2.Tokyo Food Techno Co., Ltd.TokyoJapan

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