The Difference Between Japanese Tea and Chinese Tea

The Difference Between Japanese Tea and Chinese Tea

Tea is the most famous and demanding beverage in the world. Tea was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nong 5000 years ago but introduced 2000 years ago. A Buddist monk named Saicho discovered tea in China while studying and was then introduced to Japan in the early 9th century. They are available in different tastes, different styles of brewing but come from the same plant named Camellia Sinensis. Both have their own specialty and both are popular at the same time.

In Japan and China, there is a variety of tea that is available that is consumed every day. The taste of one tea is light and the other has a strong vital taste. In addition to this, the leaves of one tea are needles and the other have long wiry leaves. They both have plenty of differences between them.

The Main Difference Between Japanese Tea and Chinese Tea are:

Tea Production:

In Japan and China, there is a very high ratio of tea production. In Japan, 60% of the only Sacha produced. While in China, all green tea production was 50% only in 2015. There is high production between both of them.

There are six types of tea in China which include Green, yellow, white, oolong, fermented, and black. In Japan, except yellow, all other tea is produced with a high yield and cultivated rate. However, white and fermented tea is rare.

Introduced in Culture:

In Japan, when Green tea came, people introduced this beverage into its culture and then made it in every formal event. They develop the rite and rituals of tea and consider it as one most important thing in personal and social meetings.

Tea plays one of the most important and dominant parts of China's culture. On the other hand, the first tea was discovered in China and plays an important role in Chinese Culture, as they consider it the seventh necessity of their meal.

Processing:

In Japan, tea is processed with the help of an artificial machine, where all the leaves are dried, fed into the machine, and then grind into a fine powder. The powder form is usually called Matcha but once it is rolled into a needle shape, it is called Sencha. This process needs less hard work and more production.

In China, tea is processed through hand and transforms into many shapes like twisting them into a spiral, converting the roll into a ball shape, and changing it into a sword. This process needs lots of hard work and time, but yields many types of tea and also gives the best drinking taste.

Inhibit Oxidation:

The only factor that inhibits oxidation is Antioxidants that lower the risk of diseases like cancer and other heart diseases. The special type of molecule is released by the body that lowers the risk of disease and breaks the food and helps in the digestion of food. In Japanese tea, 60% of antioxidants are present in the green, while in Chinese tea, only 12 to 16 percent are present. This means Japanese tea is more beneficial for health as compared to Chinese tea.

Varieties:

In Japan, there is a limited number of green teas produced and mainly cultivated in Yabukita. In China, there are hundreds and thousands of varieties available and each type has its different name. There is a lot more variety in tea that is present in Chinese tea as compared to Japanese tea.

Taste:

Japanese tea has a vegetal and fresh brisker-like taste, and after over-brewed, its taste gets a bit bitter. They give fresh and work as an energy booster. While, in Chinese Tea, the taste is a sweet, light, and pleasant smell and gives the sweet chocolate type taste.

The difference in Match:

In both Japanese and Chinese tea, Matcha tea is formed, they look so similar but have totally different types of cultivated places and different types of taste. The Japanese Matcha has a very high and different taste. They are made under the shaded plant that changes its flavor and composition. On the other hand, Chinese Match has the same procedure but has a different process of making and different tastes.

Availability:

Both China and Japan produce and export green tea throughout the world but both have a huge difference in the supply. China produces a variety of tea and supplies 80% to the world. While Japanese Tea only exports 1%, and only found in boutique shops and the internet. They have less availability rate than Chinese green tea.

Cost:

Chinese Tea and Japanese Tea both have a higher rate and are more expensive than the other teas. Chinese tea is the most expensive tea in the World chart, as they make high and quality green tea and consider it as the art of their life. They give time and hard work and are made of the best teas in the world. On the other hand, Japanese teas are expensive too and have high prices with the best quality and taste.

Benefits:

In Japanese Green tea, there are plenty of benefits that improve health and offer a healthy life.

  • There are antioxidants and bioactive substances like catechins and polyphenol are present that improve the help and protect the cell from damage.
  • It lowers the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.
  • There is a Flavonoid present in the Japanese green that leaves a very useful effect on the human neurons and decreases the chances of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's type of disease. It is also beneficial for the diabetic patient.
  • Daily usage of Japanese green tea gives comfort and a relaxed feeling.
  • It burns fat, extra calories, and helps in losing weight.

Chinese tea have also many benefits like Japanese tea:

  • They have fewer antioxidants like Japanese tea, but its amount helps in improving health and lower the risk of heart diseases. Its antioxidant property gives energy and burns the fats more quickly.
  • It increases workout stamina.
  • Its usage protects from many fatal diseases like breast cancer, ovarian, prostate, and colon.
  • It gives protection to the bone and increases the density and its strength.
  • It is also very beneficial for oral health, as it protects the teeth and lowers bacterial growth, and lowers bad breath.

In Japanese and Chinese tea, there are not so many differences, but still, their uniqueness makes them special and worthy.

Reference:

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