Matcha is increasingly LOVED all over the world. We see matcha cafes, ice cream shops, matcha cakes, all over the world! If you are a long-time matcha lover or new to it, it’s good to know that matcha has a very interesting culture behind it, and also very healthy.
Matcha is an antioxidant, with catechins including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), which is a major property that’s known to fight cancer.
Matcha is a major player in the Zen culture in Japan. Eisai, who introduced the Zen philosophy to Japan was the first to start drinking matcha, which were planted in the temple grounds of Kyoto. Throughout the centuries till the present day, the Zen philosophy and matcha intertwine in a very Japanese cultural experience called the tea ceremony.
You may imagine tea ceremonies to be a bit boring and uneventful. But no, there is a reason why it is so globally popular.
Just like yoga, a tea ceremony is meditation. Japanese tea ceremonies helps cleanse and purify you and your lifestyle. The atmosphere during a tea ceremony is calm and quiet, and makes all your five senses very aware. You are able to realise the beauty that surrounds you, whether it’s the autumn scenery outside you, the sound of a bird chirping, or the subtle sound and motion that is made while whisking green tea so gently. The affect is present even after you leave the ceremony, and back to your everyday lives. It is often said that people are able to appreciate life more, and everything around them feels brighter and lighter.
It is so often that we are in the mix of society, busy with work, stress, constantly on the go. We don’t get to take a break, and even if we did, we don’t know what to do. Tea ceremonies are a great way to take a “time out” and bring your senses back to life. The tea ceremony enhances your self control, and naturally helps solve whatever you were distressed about just a few minutes ago. Isn’t this a powerful strategy?
If these perks don’t do it for you, don’t forget, there’s always snacks served too during a tea ceremony! 😀
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