What are the Rules for a Japanese Tea ceremony?

My school is doing something equivalent to a science fair (though it’s not just for science its for all classes) and my friend and I wanted to perform a Japanese Tea Ceremony…i’ve researched it a bit but I’m pretty sure I don’t have any of the rules for one? Does anybody know?



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Is it True that Matcha Green Tea Powder Can Prevent/Treat Breast Cancer?

Is it True that Matcha Green Tea Powder Can Prevent/Treat Breast Cancer? Is there a green tea cancer connection?


I’m asking because both my mother and sister have battled breast cancer and I want to arm myself with protection. I heard about matcha green tea powder on one of the morning shows.


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Can Coffee Lower the Risk of Prostate Cancer?

















Can Coffee Lower the Risk of Prostate Cancer?


Men who drink coffee regularly can lower their risk of prostate cancer, in particular the lethal form according to a recent Harvard University medical study. The study found that men who regularly consumed large amounts of coffee (more than six cups per day) had a 20% lower risk of developing regular cancer and a 60% reduced chance of developing the deadliest form of the disease.

Consuming relatively small amounts of coffee, one — three cups per day – lowered the risk of lethal prostate cancer by 30%. According to Dr. David Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy and prostate cancer treatment expert, as well as Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, says the results of the study are notable.

Anti-oxidants found in coffee, caffeinated and decaffeinated, may reduce the odds of prostate cancer and reduce the likelihood of deadly tumors by altering levels of sex hormones that regulate blood sugar levels, insulin, and mitigate inflammation.

However, Dr. Samadi cautions people that more studies are needed to understand the mechanisms behind coffee’s role in reducing prostate cancer. “Men should not regularly consume six or more cups of coffee per day to prevent prostate cancer, which can lead to high blood pressure and other health issues. The study is encouraging, though, for men that have a high risk of developing prostate cancer and drink smaller amounts of coffee regularly,” concludes Samadi.

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Where can I find Accurate Information About the Medicinal Value of Green Tea as a Cancer Prevention?

Where can I find accurate information about the medicinal value of Green Tea as a cancer prevention?  I am undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and I want to do whatever I can to prevent recurrence. Is there a green tea cancer connection???


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CHAI Tea or GREEN TEA? Which has greater Health Benefits?

CHAI Tea or GREEN TEA? Which has greater Health Benefits? I know that green tea is good for you and has lots of major health benefits, but what about chai tea?

Specifically chai latte? It’s just so good I can’t keep my hands off it. But is it good for you at all? Does it have any health benefits like green tea does?
First off, Chai is not a type of tea in the same way that green is. Green, red, black tea all refer to the various oxidation stages of the leaves used. Chai tea is tea (usually black, but not necessarily) to which spices and sugar and sometimes milk or creamer have been added. Sometimes there is a fairly large amount of sugar/sweetener added to bring out the flavor, so you’ve lost some net health benefits there. With a chai latte, you have quite a bit of sugar/sweetener and milk/creamer added, which I agree definitely tastes good, but the combination of the sweetener and creamer counts against you.

To summarize, it certainly won’t hurt you, but you’re getting alot o tasty but unhealthy additives along with the tea. You still have some of the anti-oxidant benefits that come with black tea. But you definitely don’t have the same health benefits that green tea offers. My recommendation: Have one every so often if you like them, but cultivating a taste for green tea would be better for you!

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Green Tea Farmer in Japan

Here is a video of an American teacher in Japan following a Japanese Green Tea Farmer walking up a mountainside to see his beautiful farm.  This gives a great view of the tea fields and how it is traditionally grown in some areas of Japan and hand-picked by some farmers.  The first two minutes are in Japanese, then English thereafter.  This 80 year old green tea farmer started his green tea fields  atop the mountain when he was only 18 years old.  Green tea has been cultivated in Japan for thousands of years much like it seen in this video.  Green tea health benefits are tauted frequently by the medical community. 


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Fat Belly? Green Tea Helps Burn Abdominal Fat


FAT BELLY ? There have been several studies that suggest green tea may promote weight loss by stimulating metabolism and helping the body to burn abdominal fat. Green tea contains catechins, a type of phytochemical that may affect the metabolism briefly.

Drinking green tea several times a day will give you the most benefit.  It is recommended taking your tea hot, because it usually takes longer to drink, slowing your calorie intake and providing a relaxing, mindful experience.

Other foods that are also helpful in your arsenal against the belly bulge include: greek yogurt, cinnamon, hot peppers, quinoa, grapefruit, watermelon, apples and pears, grapes and berries, raw veggies, sweet potatoes, eggs, coffee, oatmeal, vinegar, nuts, popcorn, skim milk, fish and beans.


From Web MD:

Excess accumulation of belly fat is more dangerous than excess fat around your hips and thighs. Belly fat is associated with serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Your genes can contribute to your being overweight and help determine where you carry this extra fat, but poor lifestyle choices are likely to worsen the issue.

Eating high-fat foods is not helpful, but excess calories of any kind can increase your waistline and contribute to belly fat. Still, there is no single cause of belly fat. Genetics, diet, age, and lifestyle can all play a role. Changing dietary habits can help you fight the battle of the bulge and fight belly fat: Read labels, reduce saturated fats, increase the amount of fruits and veggies you eat, and control and reduce your portions.

Belly fat appears to be especially bad for the heart. Studies have linked belly fat to heart failure, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular problems. It also has been associated with osteoporosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, colorectal cancer, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and other health problems.

Most scientific evidence suggests that a calorie-controlled diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, lean meat, fish, eggs, and poultry is the foundation for a diet that provides all the nutrients you need while helping to whittle your waistline. Weight loss experts recommend combining this diet with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week.




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Teapot Warmers: Teapots and Tools



A tiny candle flame is all it takes to keep a pot of green tea warm.  Teapot warmers come in all price ranges and designs but the simplicity of this tool is its greatest appeal.  The art of tea has its many teapots and tools of the trade. 

 The star of the show is always the green tea (or whatever flavor you personally enjoy) and then come the special teapots and tools needed to help create the best cup of tea.  The teapot warmers come in a variety of materials from cast iron, to glass and stainless steel and the ultimate tea ceremonial – bone china.  Depending on your teapot you will probably like one that is similar and compatible in design.  Many tea sets come complete with teapot, cups, saucers, creamer and sugar bowl as well as infusers and warmers. 

 Teapot warmers use a single tea light candle to keep the contents of the teapot warm for hours.  These can also be used to heat coffee or cider or even just plain water.  They emit a soft glow and add a touch of warmth to the room. Teapot warmers also make a nice gift to a green tea drinker that does not have one.  A tiny candle flame adds to the art of tea.

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The Celebrity Green Tea Health Benefits Craze

What is The Celebrity Green Tea Health Benefits Craze?

 Apparently drinking green tea has become a ‘craze’!   When celebrities jump on the bandwagon of anything new or interesting, the media then want to call it a craze.  Drinking green tea is just a natural everyday event that takes place around the world millions of times a day and has for thousands of years.  Celebrities like Oprah, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow and many other famous folk are sipping the green tea because they know and understand the amazing health benefits of green tea.  Watch the video from Access Hollywood and learn more about green tea health benefits and the different types of green tea available.  There are many ways to incorporate green tea into your diet besides just drinking it.  It can be added to yogurt, soups, used in marinating meats and fish, added to baked goods and much more. There are several kinds of green tea such as Matcha, Sencha, Gun Powder tea and more.

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Using a TEAPOT Warmer



Using a teapot warmer is a simple way to keep your tea warm.  A single candle under your teapot is just enough to keep the green tea at the perfect temperature.  You can get this one here!

Read the reviews too!

“I love using this teapot warmer with my petit teapot. I’m able to keep a small pot of tea warm and not have to reheat water, etc. Awesome…and a great addition to any tea lovers collection.”


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