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Spring has arrived and now it is the season of Wisteria and also the start of a new tea season in Japan. Known for its exquisite tea production, Japan celebrates the beginning of the tea harvest with the Hachiju hachiya, or 88th Night, on May 2nd.
Hachiju Hachiya (88th Night)
The Hachiju hachiya marks the end of the cold winter months and the beginning of warmer weather, signaling the start of the tea season. The name “88th Night” comes from the traditional Japanese lunar calendar, which divides the year into 24 seasons, each lasting 15 days. The 88th night is the night that falls exactly 88 days after the beginning of spring.
During this time, tea farmers in Japan begin to harvest the first flush of tea leaves, known as shincha. This tea is highly prized for its delicate flavor and bright green color, and is enjoyed by tea connoisseurs around the world.
Japanese Tea & Traditional Sweets
To celebrate the Hachiju hachiya, many Japanese people enjoy a cup of shincha tea and traditional sweets called Kashiwa Mochi, which are made with sweet bean paste wrapped in oak leaves because of Children’s Day in Japan on May 5th. Besides Kashiwa Mochi, we also enjoy different traditional sweets like yokan and some other kinds of mochi.
If you’re a tea lover, there’s no better time to try Japanese shincha tea than during the new tea season. With its fresh, grassy flavor and smooth finish, it’s the perfect beverage to enjoy as the weather warms up and the world comes alive with the colors of spring.
Matcha & Loose Leaf
Whether you prefer matcha powder or loose leaf tea, there is no denying that Japanese tea is an excellent choice for anyone looking to enjoy a delicious beverage while also reaping numerous health benefits. So why not try a cup today and see what all the fuss is about?