Green tea is perhaps the most famous beverage to come out of Japan, and one of the most famous tea-producing regions in Japan is near Uji, located between the former capital cities of Nara and Kyoto. In October every year a the Ujicha or Uji Tea Festival is held to pray for the growing region’s continued prosperity. The ceremony includes carrying water up from the Uji river, and presenting a ceremonial jar of the tea at the Koshoji Temple.

As such an important crop, green tea plays an important role in many festivals and ceremonies throughout Japan, such as the Baikasai Plum Blossom Festival in Kyoto in the spring (https://japanupclose.web-japan.org/spot/s20210226_4.html).

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