Green tea, Matcha, is the most common type of tea in Japan. It is made by harvesting leaves and then applying heat to them in order to suppress fermentation. Containing a wealth of catechin, vitamin C, and other constituents, green tea has excellent antioxidant properties. To make matcha, or green powdered tea, quality tea leaves are covered with sunshades some 20 days before the harvest. They are then picked, heated and carefully ground into a fine powder. Especially rich in theanine, matcha has an elegant, subtle taste with a slight sweetness and a relaxing fragrance in its beautiful green. Many traditional tea ceremonies use matcha.
Recently, there has been a quiet but ongoing "matcha boom." Many city cafes offer matcha lattes on their regular menus. Matcha-flavored ice creams and chocolates can be found at supermarkets and convenience stores. Today, many overseas tourists buy matcha items for souvenirs. Matcha-flavored sweets continue to appear on the market in rapid succession.
The theanine in matcha is very conducive to relaxation. Duet, the hotel’s art lounge, is an excellent place to enjoy a contemplative matcha break for a bit of tranquility during a busy day in Tokyo.
In addition, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo offers a good opportunity to find out the authentic art of Japanese tea. Tea ceremony demonstrations will be offered at the traditional tea room, where guests can feel the tranquil atmosphere. Soak in this Japanese tradition while you are in the hotel. For more details about tea ceremony experience, please visit: https://www.keioplaza.com/offers/tea.html