The art came during the early Edo period from the Chinese tea culture. It first spread amongst the literati as a form of refined enjoyment for outdoors. In difference to the preparation of matcha tea, which is powdered, sencha is prepared using small leaf tea.
Similarly to the Chinese Gongfu tea ceremony, senchadō has a codified form of preparation, presentation and enjoyment of tea.
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