Tea and poetry – A timeless pairing

A book is an ideal companion for tea. This is what you will find. Poetry is the perfect partner for tea. Poetry makes you smile as much as tea does. Japanese poetry is a great example of this and works well with Japanese tea. Tea and poetry performances in Japan are a great example of harmony, respect, tranquility and purity. Waka is a unique type of Japanese poetry. Many other styles have developed, including choke and tanka, renga (haikai), renku, hokku, and renku. Haiku is the most important.

Haiku is a popular type of Japanese poetry that has won international acclaim. The Japanese poet Masaoka Shiko in the 19th century derived it from the words Haikai & Hokku. Haiku is composed of 17 syllables and is usually written in three lines. Haiku is not rhymed but has been praised for its ability to capture the seasons’ emotions through metaphors and imagery. Haiku are beautiful because they have Japanese alphabets that look like pictograms. Poets often collaborated with painters to create anthologies for entertaining royalty and aristocrats. This is how we attempted to create a Haiku verse.

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It is fascinating to see how poetry was ingrained in Japanese culture. Poetry was often used as a communication tool and performed with music and dance. This is most evident in Japanese tea ceremonies, where scrolls on the wall display wisdom through poetry. While guests enjoy a bowl of Matcha, they can also read poems to them.

After reading this article, you might feel inspired to write a Haiku poem while enjoying a cup of Matcha. Not tried Matcha before? Matcha is sourced in Japan’s Nishio region, Aichi Prefecture. Our tea sommelier has carefully selected it to fit Indian tastes. Mint Matcha is our new refreshing flavor. Click here to try our Matcha or brewing kit.

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