When I was growing up, I always thought of tea as the ultimate all-purpose herbal drink.
It’s a rich and complex brew that tastes of the fresh leaves, with a subtle sweetness and a hint of spice.
Then I met tea enthusiasts, who would tell me that Japanese tea was actually brewed from the same ingredients as English tea, including chamomile.
“Tea is very much an art, it’s a craft,” said Jannes Stoltz, a German tea expert and author of the book The Japanese Tea Guide: From Japanese to English.
“There’s nothing that’s better than drinking tea in a Japanese tea garden.
That’s where the tea is grown and processed.”
Tea gardens in Japan, where it’s grown, are known as yasakas.
Photo: Yuka Matsuzawa/Reuters I have a Japanese garden full of Japanese tea, from the teakwoods of Satsuma, Japan to the tea trees of Kyoto.
Tea is my favorite kind of food, I just love Japanese teas, said Matsuzwa, a longtime tea lover.
The best way to enjoy Japanese tea is in a tea garden Jannes Stoltz has been traveling in Japan for the past few years, visiting tea gardens around the country.
He was inspired to write about tea gardens when he was looking for an inexpensive way to get tea in Japan.
He found one in Fukuoka, a city in central Japan, and bought it for $100, and he was blown away.
The garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of tea trees, including many in the Chamomile family, including a famous variety called Chameleon.
Tea is so important to Japanese culture, Matsuzawas told me, because the tea that makes up the tea garden is often a source of inspiration for the Japanese, who have a history of seeking out exotic plants to try.
Tea gardens are an ideal place for tea lovers, who are often overlooked in the U.S. because of the amount of traffic and other distractions they face.
I was just really excited to go and visit this tea garden because it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to home, he said.
The Japanese tea gardens that I saw in Fukuyama, which is located in the city of Nishi-chou in Kyoto, are in an area called Hachiya.
“They’re like an urban village,” Matsuzaws wife said.
I really wanted to see this tea tree in this area, she said.
We had the best tea in my life!
She said the tea gardens in Fukutake are not very expensive.
It took me a few days to visit, but after spending time there, I think it was worth it.
I met some tea lovers while I was in Japan One of the most important aspects of tea gardens is the people.
The tea gardens are home to a lot of tea lovers who are in love with the different teas and the tea culture.
“Tea is a very popular hobby in Japan,” Matsutas wife said, and tea lovers are the heart of tea garden culture.
You can see it in tea gardens everywhere in Japan Tea gardens also serve as a destination for tea makers who are also in love, she added.
They meet people from around the world, from tea growers to tea lovers.
Tea lovers often have meetings with Japanese tea producers and tea garden enthusiasts in Fukuzuoka to talk about their tea and what they are trying to create.
A tea garden in Fukyuoka, which has tea grown on it.
Photo courtesy of Jannis Stoltzes family.
A tea lover in Kyoto.
Photo by Yuka Tsutsui/Reuters Tea lovers in Fukui, which was also featured in the book, is the second most visited tea garden after the Fukuyas.
Tea garden owners often share tea stories, from when the tea was grown and aged to the day the tea leaves are picked.
A tea lover on the streets of Kyoto is one of the many people who share tea and stories.
I saw a tea lover selling tea in front of the tea shop in the tea district of Kyoto, she told me.
I just saw that, and I was really impressed.
I think I’m going to do it, she recalled thinking.
I’ve never seen that in my lifetime.
There’s also a sense of pride in tea garden owners, especially the Japanese who are famous for their teas.
Matsuzas wife, who grew up in Fukurashi, Japan, said she would have loved to meet a tea maker in Kyoto but the tea scene in Kyoto was too much for her.
She spent a lot more time in Fukuro, which serves as the city’s main tea garden and has become famous for its tea gardens.
My family’s tea garden was the best one, she remembered.