Japan

  • Full name: Japan
  • Population: 128 million (UN, 2007)
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Major language: Japanese
  • Major religions: Shintoism, Buddhism

The Japanese have always been known to produce high quality green tea. The worldwide export of Japanese tea has dwindled over the past few decades, almost entirely due to price considerations. Land and labour costs in Japan are comparatively more expensive than other tea growing regions in the world. Japan has 50,000 hectares planted with tea.

Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.” So begins the oldest and most famous book about tea, “How to stay healthy by drinking tea,” by Eisai (1141-1215), a Zen priest, who brought tea seeds back from China to Kyoto.