Where did Japanese tea come from?

It is believed that tea first came to Japan around the Nara period (710-794).
People who went to China as envoys to the Tang Dynasty (Kentoushi) brought tea back to Japan, and the Tang Dynasty monks who brought Buddhism to Japan brought tea seeds with them.
At that time, tea was not something that the common people could easily drink, but was drunk by the nobility, monks, and other upper class people.

Just as tea was taken as a medicine in the Tang Dynasty, it was also drunk in Japan at that time as a nourishing tonic and to recover from health problems. It may be just like health food and supplements today.

In those days, tea was made by steaming, grinding, and drying tea leaves into a solid form called dancha.

Heijokyo, Nara, old capital city

However, the tea that was introduced to Japan in the Nara period (710-794) did not spread throughout the country because it was very expensive and the envoys to China (Kentoushi) were abolished.

I wonder what Japanese people who drank tea in the first time thought of it?

I don’t know what kind of tea called dancha is.
I would like to try it once. It would be interesting to share my thoughts with the people of that time.

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