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What Is Sakura Sencha?

by Sugimoto Tea Company
Brew Guides, Japanese Culture, Tea Guides

What is sakura sencha? Here's what you need to know about this unique Japanese green tea blend. 

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What Is Sakura Sencha? | Everything You Need to Know

What Is the Significance of Sakura in Japanese Culture? 

Ancient Japan and Sakura 

The tradition of celebrating the sakura season can be traced back to ancient Japan, where its blooming season was used by farmers as a signal to start planting rice crops. As such, sakura came to represent hope and new life.

The first blossom viewing events started around 710 to 794 AD during the Nara Period. Later on, sakura parties and picnics became popular. 

Sakura in Contemporary Japan

Sakura signals springtime in Japan as it starts producing flowers and blooming as the temperatures rise. Sakura season is a big deal in Japan. People celebrate it by visiting parks filled with sakura and companies capitalize on it by releasing sakura-themed products.

This delicate flower is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture and has made its way in everything from anime to food and drink, such as sakura desserts and sakura green tea. In fact, Someity, one of the official mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, is based on a cherry blossom called "Someiyoshino. 

The beauty of sakura has also made its way into different art forms, and continues to inspire artists to this day.

Sakura 2020 Season 

The period during which sakura bloom varies per region, with the southern regions having a headstart. This year, the Japan Meteorological Corporation forecasts the 2020 sakura season to start in early March.

What Is Sakura Sencha? 

Sakura sencha is a special tea blend made with sencha and real sakura. The sweetness of sakura provides a good complement to the boldness of the sencha. 

What Makes Sugimoto Tea Company's Sakura Sencha Unique? 

Our Sakura Sencha features real Japanese sakura blossoms and leaves, unlike other blends that only add blossoms. This makes it more flavorful and aromatic. 

How to Enjoy Sakura Sencha 

Sakura sencha can be enjoyed hot or cold. Here's a quick brewing guide for both hot and cold sakura sencha. It also pairs well with desserts. 

For a more in-depth look into how to brew Japanese green tea, check out this page

Hot Sakura Sencha Brewing Guide 

Tea Quantity Water Quantity Steeping TimeTemperature
1 tbsp. (5g)12 oz. 1 min.175 °F

Cold Brewed Sakura Sencha Brewing Guide 

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Tea Quantity Water QuantitySteeping TimeTemperature
1 tbsp. (5g)10 oz. 10 min. Ice water

Now that you've answered "What is sakura sencha?," it's time to put your new knowledge to the taste. With its natural sweetness and aroma reminiscent of spring, sakura sencha is a great blend if you're looking to switch up your regular sencha. 

We hope this guide has helped you understand more about sakura sencha. If you have any questions, feel free to message us. We'd love to hear from you and become your partner in brewing your perfect cup of Japanese green tea. 

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