GLOSSARY

The Meaning of Japanese KANJI

 

SEN-CHA 煎茶:

 

煎(sen) means to make a decoction of plants, so it is called 煎茶 (Sen-cha) because it extracts useful ingredients of tea leaves.
In the same way as the decoctation of medicinal herbs was the ancient health method, Japanese people knew the health benefits of green tea before the scientific evidence like modern days was proved.
 

 HOJI-CHA 焙じ茶:

 

"焙じる (Hoji)" is to roast. In other words, 焙じ茶 (Hoji-cha) means roasted green tea. The fermentation is stopped by heating the tea leaves, but the useful catechin ingredient is not lost and leaves a fragrant scent.
 

 


MOTTAINAI

 

Mottainai is a term of Japanese origin that has been used by environmentalists. The term in Japanese conveys a sense of regret over waste. The exclamation "Mottainai! can translate as "What a waste!" Japanese environmentalists have used this term to encourage people to "reduce, reuse and recycle"
 

CHA-GARA 茶殻:

 

茶殻 (tea remains) refers to tea leaves after infusing tea.
Green tea remains have several MOTTAINAI benefits for them not to be thrown away.
Firstly, it is also possible to utilize tea remains as food ingredients.
For example, as sprinkles, tempura, cooked rice and pastries.
Secondly, it can also be used as a perfume for pillow contents, bath additives and fragrance bags among others.
Finally, green tea remains are also effective as a deodorant and can be used against the smell of fish or as a deodorizer for refrigerators.