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Did Courtiers Drink Powdered Green Tea?

The practice of drinking powdered green tea started in China, and it was introduced to Japan at the end of the twelfth century.  Powdered tea was drunk at Zen monasteries first, and then spread among people of various classes under the Kamakura shogunate (from the end of the twelfth to the early fourteenth century)

It is often said that powdered tea was particularly popular among the warrior class, for example Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi are famous warlords of the sixteenth century who liked drinking powdered tea.

However courtiers started drinking powdered green tea at the same time as warriors did. In the seventeenth century, the early days of the Tokugawa shogunate, the elaborate way of making and consuming powdered green tea, that is Sa-do or the tea ceremony, became popular among courtiers. An essay, Haru no Nezame or Spring Awakenings, written in the mid seventeenth century, includes a sarcastic remark about courtiers who were engrossed in sa-do.

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