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If you have seen the movie Karate Kid II, you’ll already have some idea of how tea is revered in Japan. But, as beautiful and romantic, the Tea Ceremony – known as Chanoyu – is, it’s not an everyday occurrence. The original Chanoyu dates back to the 12th century when tea leaves were first introduced into Japan by Buddhist monks traveling from China. Some traditional families may conduct their own versions of the ceremony in their own homes but on a general level, tea is simply a much-loved and favorite beverage, enjoyed for its medicinal properties and its spiritual connection with nature.

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