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When a tea stem stands,Japanese believed it was the sign of good luck!
They called it “Chabashira”.
In Japanese, “hashira” means “pillar” and its pronunciation is changed to “bashira” when it is used with some specific words.

Do you know that there is the legend called the sign of good luck Chabashira when a tea stem stands in Japan?
Then why is it lucky when a tea stem stands?

Chabashira - 茶柱 転子 - The lucky omen in Japanese tea culture

Chabashira – 茶柱 転子 – The lucky omen in Japanese tea culture

-Because it is unusual
-It’s good fortune that a pillar stands.
It is thought that it leads to tranquility and prosperity of the family.

But there is an another story..

It’s a marketing strategy!!

For a long time ago, there was a tea trader who only had a very good sale for bud of the first-grade tea (the first-picking tea). So the second-grade tea had a big trouble. Not many people bought it. With the fact that, the stem of the growing second-grade had a mix of many characteristic. And then the tea trader bore in mind utilizing that weakness point to make a hit with “upright-floating tea stalk” as a lucky omen .

However, people choosing the simple tea such as a tea pack or the plastic bottle have increased recently and do not have many opportunities to see a tea stem.

It is said that good luck flies when you do not swallow it in secret.

If a tea stem stands, let’s drink in secret!

Learn more interesting stories about Japanese green tea