Japanese Tea Events in Paris 6th-7th September, 2018

Paris was also a first – a first time to collaborate with the La QuitEssence tea school. We got a chance to meet the founder of the school – Carine, last year, when we stopped in Paris. We spent the whole afternoon chatting about tea, its flavours and aromas, that by the end we decided […]

Japanese Tea Workshop in London 11th September, 2018

The next stop after The Hague was London and here, same as last year, we got to collaborate with Jane Pettigrew and the UK Tea Academy. This year in London we had one event – Japanese Tea Workshop to provide an introduction to and an overview of Japanese tea. There were plenty of teas to […]

Japanese Tea Events in Milan 3rd September, 2018

We have been returning to Milin for several years. This year was the first time to hold tea events with the ProTea Academy. Simona got an opportunity to meet one of the founders – Salvatore in a Japan Tea Export Promotion Council organized tea program in 2017. Since then they stayed in touch and agreed […]

Japanese Tea Events in Madrid 13th-14th September, 2018

Madrid is always a nice city to visit and this year we had some unique tea activities there. In Madrid we spent two days. One day was a collaboration with Japan National Tourism Organization. With JNTO we had two activities to promote Japanese tea and tourism to the people in Spain. Thanks to JNTO’s wide […]

Japanese Tea Workshops in Berlin 1st September

And the Europe Tour 2018 has passed. As the first stop this year we had Berlin – a beautiful city, that starts to have a vibrant tea scene. Our events were hosted by newly established Berlin Tea Academy. We met the founded of the Academy – Irena, last year and had some tea events with […]

Japanese Tea Seminar and Masterclass in The Hague 8th-10th September, 2018

To The Hague we come year after year and hold tea activities with the International Tea and Coffee Academy. And every year there is a new challenge, that stimulates us to grow and find new ways to engage with tea. This year we’ve spent the whole 3 days in The Hague sharing our knowledge and […]

【Kyoto, Uji, Wazuka】Tea Picking and Rolling Event

  Obubu organizes Tea Picking and Rolling Events 3 times a year to celebrate Japanese tea harvesting seasons.   This event is one of popular activities for tea lovers from all over the world. We believe that is because we have welcomed over 90 interns who love Japan and Japanese tea; and who always warmly […]

Matcha Pt.3: What is Matcha?

For the last two weeks, I have talked about matcha tea ceremonies, matcha tea utensils, and now it is finally time to talk about matcha itself! In this post I want to break down how the tea is made.   First and foremost, to create a baseline, it is important to first explain aracha and […]

Adventures in Tea! Issue 4: Conclusion (For Now?)

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica, and I’m the author/illustrator for Adventures in Tea! Thank you to everyone for reading my mini-series! I spent a great time at Obubu learning about Japanese tea, and this mini-series was my way of showing people what I’ve been learning and giving everyone a little bit of cuteness and […]

Japanese Tea: a Comprehensive Guide

Obubu is proud to say that our international department lead – Simona Zavadckyte has recently published a book about Japanese tea. The book is called Japanese Tea: a Comprehensive Guide and includes a wide range of topics about Japanese tea: from history and culture, to cultivation and processing, to different tea kinds and how to […]

Japanese Tea Masterclass in Hague on 25th November, 2017

The Hague continues to be our favorite spot! All thanks to the International Tea and Coffee Academy here, that has the most amazing students. This year we came to hold another Master Class on Japanese tea, and 12 people decided to join, almost all of whom we met for the first time.         […]

Tea Time in Paris on 22nd November, 2017

After 5 years Obubu team returned to Paris. We stopped here on the very first Obubu’s Europe Tour and have not had a chance to come back since. So it felt like it was time to visit Paris again. This time we did not plan any specific event ahead of time. However, a new tea […]

Japanese Tea Workshops in London 18th November, 2017

London is always bubbling with tea, and so going there always feels like coming home. This year we could add some strength to the collaboration with the UK Tea Academy, led by Jane Pettigrew; and went to hold two events at their seminar room in Westminster Kingsway College. The day started with a Sencha Workshop […]

Japanese Tea Workshops in Berlin 16th-17th November, 2017

The stop in Berlin this year was the first for Obubu. We really wanted to come once we have heard about the creation of the Berlin Tea Academy. The Berlin School of Coffee has already been around for a decade. In the group they also have their own coffee roaster, coffee and tea shop; and café. […]

Japanese Tea Events in Madrid 13th-14th November, 2017

This year the Obubu Europe Tour starts in Madrid. With the help of our friend and Obubu internship alumni Anna, we were able to hold two events about Japanese tea: a tasting event and a workshop. Welcomed again by the Japan Foundation in Madrid, we introduced Japanese tea to Japanese culture enthusiasts in Madrid. Because […]

Tea Ware: Modern Western Tea Wares and Japanese Tea

More and more individuals are becoming enchanted by the Japanese tea room and ceremony service. Chado (the Japanese tea ceremony) searches for finesse in simple movement, and showcases elegance and purity in form. When coming to Japan, it seems as if these qualities are inherently ingrained within the lifestyles of the people. Coming to Japan […]

Tea Ware: Chawan, Houhin, and Kyusu

There are many ways to make tea, and just as many kinds of teapots. Today we’re going to talk about the three types of Japanese tea ware we use most often at Obubu: the chawan, houhin, and kyusu. Chawan  茶碗 Chawan, or tea bowls, are used together with bamboo whisks for making matcha in the […]

The 88th Day: Spring tea picking tradition!

Hachijuu-Hachiya, the 88th Day  八十八夜 The 88th day of traditional Japanese calendar, which falls right around May 1st or 2nd, is famous as an important date for farmers, and especially tea farmers. For several hundred years, the 88th day has been considered the best day to start the spring tea harvest. Those tender new shoots […]

Tea Cultivars: All About the Plant!

During tea tours, we are often asked whether there are different types of plants for different teas. Read on for the answer!   Tea Cultivars A cultivar is a group of plants that have been bred by farmers for desirable characteristics. Cultivars can be more or less suited to weather conditions (frost hardy or early […]

Exploring Wazuka: Shrines and Temples

Shrines and temples are everywhere in Japan, from the huge buddha at Todaiji in Nara to tiny Jizo statues along roadsides, and Wazuka has its own collection of beautiful cultural sites, several of which are part of our hiking tea tours. Tenmangu Shrine The picture at the top of this page is of Tenmangu, the […]

Japanese black tea

Introduction to Wakoucha: Japanese Black Tea

As we’ve seen in the “What’s in a Name?” blog series, Japan is famous for producing green tea in great variety. There’s sencha, tencha, matcha, gyokuro, kukicha, bancha, genmaicha, and houjicha. These have been central to Japanese production for hundreds of years. However, if we look beyond green tea, there is even more delicious tea to […]

What’s in a Name? Part III: Bancha & Hojicha

Are you ready for part 3?! Here come bancha and hojicha!  Bancha  番茶 The character for ban includes the characters for rice and field, and refers to a turn or a number in a series. Bancha is usually translated as coarse or common tea, and is made from mature leaves picked in between the four main harvests […]