"Japan, the birthplace of tea culture"
"Tea is a quintessential aspect of Japanese culture. For example, tea is free at most restaurants.People had already started drinking tea since the sixth century, but it wasn’t until the 12th century, otherwise known as the Kamakura period, when authentic tea was brought to Japan by Eisai, a Chinese monk. Through his own personally prepared tea, Eisai eased the sickness of a prominent shogun at the time, Yoritomo Minamoto.The news of this deed spread across the country. Japan’s climate, which is perfectly suited to the cultivation of tea, also fuelled the popularity of tea. Since then, the many health effects of tea have been widely proven.Today, both Eisai and Shonin Myoe, who both planted tea in the Uji area of Japan, are worshiped as the fathers of tea. Every October, a tea festival with a magnificent tea ceremony is held to show appreciation to these benefactors."