Once again, spring tea drinking season has arrived. Green and fragile tea leaf tips are starting to sway in the spring air as the snow melts. The proverb “A good horse with a nice saddle gains rapid success” holds true when it comes to sipping tea. The spring tea will undoubtedly be more valuable thanks to some subtle tea culture.
Chinese teaism is a style of life that uses tea as a medium and a method of personality development. Making tea, enjoying tea, and sipping tea all contribute to the promotion of friendship, raising of moral standards, and acquisition of rituals in such a harmonic and exquisite ceremonial. China is where teaism first emerged. In Mr. Feng’s Tang Dynasty of China recordings, the statement “The teaism is so pervasive that individuals from the royal families to the grassroots all drink tea” was made. Among all the materials now available, this is the first record regarding teaism. Tea feasts were a common social event at the period.
Kungfu tea has its roots in China’s Song Dynasty and is especially popular in Guangdong Province’s Chaozhou Government (current Chaozhou-Shantou area). During the Tang and Song Dynasties, tea art has inherited and developed significantly in this manner. Kungfu tea demands some artistic skill in both the brewing and tasting processes. The skill of working with water, fire, and pouring is what the word “Kungfu” means. Flexibility is the key to making excellent tea, as it is to water and fire. Kungfu tea is renowned for enhancing focus. When individuals first try it, they find it harsh, but after becoming acclimated to it, they find all other teas to be unappealing. The main Kungfu tea set consists of a teapot, a cup, a wash, a tray, a pad, a bottle, a water bowl, a fireplace, a Sha Diao, a feather fan, and steel chopsticks.
Teaism was developed in China but became popular in Japan. Both the royal family and regular people have their own distinct styles. Teaism comes in several forms, including Taoism, Dhyana, and worldly. In a nutshell, each person’s aesthetic preferences determine how much they like tea.
The Matcha that Japanese emissaries to the Tang Dynasty brought back to Japan at the close of the 9th century underwent significant development there. Japanese culture elevated tea drinking to a kind of teaism by fusing it with religious philosophy, social morality, behaviour, and self-cultivation. The distinctive Japanese teaism today has become the Japanese Quintessence and placed on the list of records of Japan, commonly utilised in serving state visitors.
The combination of mellow and excellent flavour with a simple Japanese tea set adds to the Matcha’s enduring allure. Even if the body is still in the tearoom, the spirit will fly in the sky as you enjoy the tea since the scent has cleansed it.
The ancient Chinese, who are renowned for their tea culture, should be the first people to drink tea in the afternoon from the standpoint of the genesis of tea drinking culture. Yet, as time passed, it was the British who helped make afternoon tea a kind of accepted tradition.
Speaking about afternoon tea, we must include the well-known British version that was popular in Victorian Britain between 3 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Afternoon tea, a creation of 17th-century Britain, has gradually evolved into a kind of leisure activity for contemporary individuals. The towering towers and the glass wall both provide seating options. They sip beverages with western cake while simultaneously watching people run down the street. They may be alone or conversing with one or two close pals. The essence of Victorian afternoon tea may be found in the warmth that will surround them.
As taking afternoon tea is a leisure activity, both the quality of the tea and the aesthetic appeal of the tea accessories are quite important. The scenes of European nobles sipping afternoon tea commonly occur in numerous films. Without even mentioning the cups and saucers with fine categories of functions, the beautiful designs on the tea ware enchant people’s eyes. To avoid being made fun of, people must be well-prepared in order to enjoy afternoon tea like a true aristocrat.
Jay Chou’s song Tea Prepared by Grandfather has the following passage: Grandpa’s tea tastes like home whereas Lu Yu, a well-known tea expert in China, creates tea that is reminiscent of a landscape picture. There are usually connections between many creative styles. The best tea soup may be compared to the magical pen if the tea set is as lovely as a picture. It is similar to relaxing in paradise when people enjoy their tea with a delicate tea set, admire the fine workmanship, and smell the tea.
Are only elderly men prone to the practise of drinking tea? Absolutely not. In China, drinking tea has become popular among young people who understand the value of good health and urban white collar workers who learn that tea leaves may successfully fight oxidation and aid in weight loss. Moreover, teacups and teapots may be stacked and mixed to create a variety of adorable designs, adding vibrant colour to otherwise monotonous labour. Who wouldn’t like it?