The First Green Tea Experience of the Reiwa Period
Enjoy the very first “first flush tea” of the Reiwa period for good luck.
Presenting: An Evening of Green Tea and Culinary Pairing.
In Japan, the first harvest of the season is considered to be auspicious. People view , the first crop, as one that brings good fortune and longevity.
The first flush green tea harvested on Hachiju-hachi-ya (May 1st or 2nd) is especially popular. It is believed to ward off illness and bad luck, enabling a long life. Hachiju-hachi-ya literally means eighty-eighth night, meaning the eighty-eighth night from the first day of spring according to the traditional calendar (usually in early February).
This year, with the imperial era changing to Reiwa in May, we have a rare opportunity for two “firsts” on Hachiju-hachiya, which falls on May 2nd: the very first “first flush green tea” of the new era.
We are happy to announce a special Hachiju-hachiya event to fully savor this memorable tea harvest. There will be different varieties of rare, freshly harvested tea for tasting, as well as a pairing of tea with dishes that include green tea as ingredients. It will be an evening to enjoy the sophisticated art of Japanese tea culture.
Date: Thursday, May 9th
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Happpo-en main building
Guest Limit: 25 guests
Cost: ¥11,000 per person (includes tax and service fee)
・Tea Ceremony: Performed by Mr. Iwai, a Japanese tea instructor, providing matcha to be paired with dinner.
・Dinner: A full-course meal with dishes that include green tea as an ingredient, prepared by Happo-en’s head chef.
・Green Tea: Yaotome-cha, Shizuoka-cha, and other varieties of first flush tea, carefully selected by Mr. Iwai.
Thank you for attending the Sakura Event! Now, we’re looking forward to having you again in our Summer Event at some point in July/August,2019. See you soon!
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