Tea tasting: Kumazasa-cha

I was told that Kumazasa (Sasa veitchii) is a specialty of Hokkaido, where it is naturally grown. The kanji characters 熊笹 literally mean 'bear's bamboo leaves' and no surprise it is a favourite among bears before they head into hibernation. The leaves are also known for its anti-bacterial properties, hence why they are commonly used … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kumazasa-cha