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A set for sencha utensils, Sasashima ware by Maki Bokusai, Edo period, 18th–19th century
The tea hall at Manpuku-ji in Uji, Kyoto

Senchadō (煎茶道, "way of sencha") is a Japanese variant of chadō ("way of tea"). It involves the preparation and drinking of sencha green tea, especially the high grade gyokuro type.


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.[1]

Similarly to the Chinese Gongfu tea ceremony, senchadō has a codified form of preparation, presentation and enjoyment of tea.

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  1. ^ "Tea-lovers gather for Sencha-do - The Japan Times".

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