In 1191, it is popularly believed that the Buddhist monk, Eisai, returned to Japan from studying in China. With him, he brought tea tree seeds and tea culture, already an essential part of Buddhism in China.
Yamashiro is an area in Japan near Kyoto, famous for its production of the finest teas in Japan.
Green tea is a common beverage served at Japanese restaurants and homes. Rich in flouride and antioxidants, it is perhaps the key to why Japanese cuisine is considered one of the world’s healthiest.