What are the main differences between Chinese and Japanese tea in the way they are served?
Mainly in regards to the cups
- The Unknown ChefLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Chinese like smaller cups and weaker teas and they use more black teas, the Japanese like a more robust brew in larger cups, and use green teas and grains for flavour.
I worked in Japan during the 1980's, and they are fanatics with there tea, whether it be the brand, quality or style of tea, Chinese teas are aged, heat dried, as I said more black, but they do drink green and white teas, tea in both cultures is a greeting and hospitality beverage, you show your respect to a guest in both household by offering tea.
- IkeishaLv 44 years ago
It has been an interesting subject to read about! I have studied Martial Arts my entire life and am 62 years old and have learned that the differences are more cultural than physical! Although regionally the Chinese in the Northern areas of China seem taller and their eyes are closer in appearance to the people who live in Mongolia and Tibet! The Southern Chinese seem shorter and their eyes are more similar to the Japanese and Taiwanese! This is very subjective so I guess that is pretty much the way the rest of the world sees it too! The Germans did a "racial" study before WWII and took facial measurements and some of that Ido is available on the internet if you google it!
- AQUALUNGLv 51 decade ago
I was apprenticed to Japanese potters for several years throwing Japanese tea cups on the wheel. These stoneware cups (fired at 1250 deg Celcius) are generally larger in size than the Chinese ones with varying shapes but smaller than a coffee mug without a handle; above all Japanese cups have a "foot" to stand on - this is an important design feature in Japanese culture and meticulous attention is paid to the foot (handmade pottery).
Chinese teacups tend to taper down like a cone with sizes ranging from tiny to nearly coffee-mug size, never with a handle. The larger cups have lids which are sometimes inverted for the cup to rest on and are also use to brush aside the floating tea-leaves while drinking.
- 1 decade ago
There are many different tea and cup. This is a ritual. Rich people drink the best of the best and fresh of the fresh. While low class or the poor make tea from grass or anything and use any container that hold liquid any size will do. Formal and informal.