Tea in Japan originated in the 9th century by Buddhist monks as a religious practice. Its oldest form came from China as brick tea, which was ground to a powder and whisked with hot water (sound familiar? It's matcha!). Since then, the Japanese love for tea has flourished, giving way to countless varieties, blends, and applications. This box celebrates the place of tea in modern Japan as an infused flavor in delicious desserts as well as a beloved beverage to pair with sweet or savory treats. We hope you enjoy our chapter of Japan's tea story.