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 "Japanese Tea Day" and other days that celebrate Japanese tea

"Japanese Tea Day" and other days that celebrate Japanese tea

Posted by sakae on 30th Aug 2020

Today I'll be introducing some of the anniversaries related to Japanese tea which are celebrated in Japan.

Let me start off by saying... There are actually 2 "Japanese Tea Days" in Japan!

Yes, this definitely sounds excessive - and honestly speaking, I think so too! But this is perhaps also a reflection of how much the Japanese appreciate Japanese tea.

"Japanese Tea Day" and other days that celebrate Japanese tea

Japanese tea is an essential part of the Japanese Culture. It has played a major role in it's history, and is still loved by many Japanese today.

It's only natural that there are many anniversaries that commemorate Japanese tea... and... I guess they just happened to end up with 2 "Japanese Tea" days!!

Let's go over some of the anniversaries of tea celebrated in Japan.

Anniversary Name Day commenced

Matcha Day (Matcha No Hi)

February 6th


Kawane-cha Day (Kawane-cha No Hi)

April 21st


Green Tea Day (Ryokucha No Hi)

May 2nd


Japanese Tea Day (Nihoncha No Hi)

October 1st


Japanese Tea Day (Nihoncha No Hi)

October 31st


Genmaicha Day (Genmaicha no Hi)

November 1st


November 11th


One Cup of Tea Day (Ocha Ippai No Hi)

November 23rd


Table: Anniversaries that celebrate Japanese Tea

Japanese Tea Day (Nihoncha No Hi) - October 1st

The Japanese Tea Day on the October 1st is one of the major anniversaries.

It was actually declared by Ito-en, which is a Japanese multinational drink company specializing in tea.

Many events will take place in Japan to celebrate this day, aiming to bring people closer to Japanese tea.

But why in October?

October isn't exactly green tea season. It's interesting that October is chosen as an anniversary.

October 1st is actually an anniversary of the "Kitanodaisanoe" or the Grand Kitano Tea Ceremony which took place in 1587.

This event is not just a normal tea event - it has huge historical implications.

Let's look into some of the history behind this.

1587 is during the Azuchi Momoyama Era in Japan. This is an era of heavy war between the countries within Japan.

In this era, tea had extremely powerful meaning. Tea was reserved for the powerful and rich, and some of the tea tools were said to be as valuable as a whole country!

If you've ever played any games of the Japanese Sengoku (Warring) era, you'll know that tea tools were used as powerful methods of bribery and motivation.

This Grand Kitano Tea Ceremony was significant because this was the first tea ceremony that was open to anyone - even commoners and foreigners.

It was conducted under the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was the most dominant Daimyo (Feudal Lord) at that time, to celebrate the conquering of the Kyushu area.

The event was produced by the famous Sen-no-rikyu.

It is a symbolism of spreading the culture of tea to everyone in the country regardless of their economic status, so celebrating Japanese tea day on this anniversary really makes sense.

Japanese Tea Day (Nihoncha No Hi) - October 31st

The other "Japanese Tea Day" also takes place in October. This is the one which had traditionally been considered Japanese Tea day.

You can say that October 31st is the day that Japanese Tea had first started in Japan, and that is why Japanese Tea is celebrated on this day.

A Japanese monk named Eisai brought back the tea seed from China on this day.

Eisai is regarded the father of Japanese Tea as he started the cultivation of the tea, and also wrote a book on drinking tea for health.

Genmaicha Day (Genmaicha No Hi) - November 1st

Yes, Genmaicha has their own anniversary too!

This one was not set buy the Tea industry - this one was actually set by the grain industry!

The grain industry starts the year on November 1st, and set the Genmaicha Day on this day.