Our standard recipe for brewing loose-leaf genmaicha. The light flavors of bancha teas work well for any occasion.
Obukucha (Good Fortune Tea) - 100g Bag
Obukucha is a genmaicha that combines the light sweetness of high-grade yanagi tea leaves with the heartiness of roasted rice.
Obukucha is a special release genmaicha, made with higher-grade green tea leaves than our year-round genmaicha. The result is a tea with a fuller-bodied, sweeter green tea character, while its roasted rice fragrance is softer and more soothing. Just like our other genmaicha blends, this tea is pleasant to enjoy throughout the day and pairs well with meals.
In Japan, the important New Year's holiday is an occasion to gather with family—which of course, calls for tea. We release this Obukucha exclusively around the holiday season, as a tea to drink in celebration of the arrival of a new year.
The tradition of enjoying Obukucha at New Years goes back to the 10th century. In 951, a serious epidemic swept through Kyoto. In an effort to relieve the suffering, a Buddhist priest, Kuya, distributed tea to the people. It has been said that Emperor Murakami ushered in the New Year with a special cup of tea that year. Since then, it has been a Japanese tradition to drink Obukucha (which means "Good Fortune Tea") around the New Year. We hope that you and your loved ones enjoy this tea in happiness and health while looking towards the new year.
Ways to Prepare
When served over ice, this green tea and roasted rice blend feels crisp, refreshing, and a little hearty.