19Japanese green tea is a highly astringent, rather bitter beverage that plays the starring role in the classical Japanese tea ceremony, an art form which embraces every component - the utensils, the architecture, sweets, calligraphy, incense, scrolls and ower arrangements. Sweets specically created for the tea ceremony enhance the taste of the tea and salute the seasons and the occasion. Envision a beautifully stylized gingko leaf made of pounded rice paste, sweet red bean paste, fruit and other natural sweet materials. Japanese sweets are often named after poetry, historical events or natural scenery.AN ART FORM TO ENHANCETHE ENJOYMENT OF TEA

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