OBUKUCHA NEW YEAR'S TEA GIFT

OBUKUCHA NEW YEAR'S TEA GIFT

$32.00Price

Set includes 45g bag of tea + Japanese tea bowl with plum design
Bowl measures 3.5"w x 2.5"h


Producer: Yamane-en Tea Shop in Tokyo operated by the Shiobara family

Tea ingredients: sencha, genmai, black soybean, white bean, matcha, sliced kelp, edible gold flakes

 

Obukucha is sencha tea with ume (Japanese plum) and musubi-kombu (knotted kelp). In the Kansai region it is consumed to celebrate the New Year.

History
In 951, there was an epidemic in the region, and a priest name Kuya offered tea with ume to those suffering from the disease to help decrease the severity of the illness. Soon after this incident, it is said that Emperor Murakami drank this tea at New Year's, and because the Emperor drank this tea, it was name kofuku-cha ("ko" meaning emperor and "fuku" meaning to drink). The word "kofuku" also means happiness or good luck, which is where the name "obukucha" ("o" meaning big, and "fuku" meaning luck) comes from. This specific blend has edible gold flakes in it, making it the perfect cup to be served at celebratory occasions such as New Years.