How to prepare Sencha tea

The Tokyo Kotsukaikan building is situated just in front of the JR Yurakucyo station near OIOI and Loft.  It used to be the Tokyo City Hall but now it is a building that provides rental spaces for businesses.  There are a lot of antenna stores so to speak for each prefecture in Japan to advertise their local food and promote tourism.  If you have a chance, visit this little store of Shizuoka Prefecture called the Green Tea Pavilion.  For 300 yen, you can enjoy a demonstration of how to prepare sencha tea in the proper way and learn more about the history of tea.  You can select tea leaves from three different tea districts. For an additional 100 yen, you can get a sweet.  I selected Kawana Tea.  The town Kawana is on the mountain where exposure to sunlight is softer for tea leaves, therefore the tea tastes milder compared to the tea leaves that grow in lower land or by the ocean.

The first cup (which they make for you) — bitter taste, fresh tea leave smell

The second cup (you make yourself) — milder and sweeter taste

The third cup (you also make yourself) — mild taste

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Pour hot water into the cooling cup

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Transfer it to the cup

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Measure one tea leave spoon

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Pour one cup so that it makes one cup of tea

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Shake so the tea leaves move back to the centre

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While enjoying your first cup, the rid should be sliced over to leave the air open

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